Grosjean 'very upbeat' but will stay in hospital overnight, Haas confirms

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Romain Grosjean was "very upbeat" speaking to Haas boss Guenther Steiner following his horrific Bahrain Grand Prix crash.

The Frenchman managed to make a rapid escape from the burning remains of his survival cell, which had become lodged in the barrier upon impact with the rear half of his car breaking away.

Grosjean was seen walking away with the help of the FIA medical team of Dr Ian Roberts and driver Alan van der Merwe.

And offering an update on his condition, Steiner delivered more good news.

“I just spoke with him, I talked with him on the phone he is in a clear state of mind, he is good," he said.

“He is still staying in the hospital overnight they want to keep him there, but he told me and the doctor that he feels good, it seems nothing is broken.

“He has his hands bandaged from the burns but otherwise he has no burns [elsewhere] so he was very upbeat, I would say. I am very happy.”

Shortly after the crash, the Haas boss thanked the efforts of Dr Roberts and Van der Merwe, who's rapid response was vital to a positive outcome.

“Absolutely, I needed to go and see those guys and thank them,” Steiner said. “It was emotional for me to be brave.

"I think Dr Ian Roberts would have even gone there even if we would have been in there [in the car] and Alan behind with the fire extinguisher, just doing the right thing.

“There was no time to make a plan, this just happened. These guys know what they’re doing and I was impressed by this. The marshals which were there did a great job, fair play to them.”

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Asked if he was able to get updates in the immediate aftermath of the crash, the Haas boss replied...

“There was not enough time to do that, we saw the pictures, saw him put him in the car, then when they took him to the medical centre they told us that he was there.

“It was hard but what we tried to do was give [the team] immediately the good news everything is fine, just inform them of what is happening, because the whole shock.

“As soon as we knew everything was ok, the chief engineer went over the radio to tell them he was out the car, he was good, and then the pictures came, which speak more than words."