Grosjean crash a wake-up call for Haas team mate Magnussen

From Abhishek Takle
MANAMA (Reuters) - Romain Grosjean's fiery Grand Prix crash in Bahrain was a wake-up call that made the reality of the dangers of Formula 1 clear, his Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen said on Thursday.
Grosjean retired at high speed on the first lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix last Sunday.
The Frenchman's car crashed into the barriers in a 53G impact that split it in half and went up in flames, causing the race to temporarily stall.
"It didn't feel right going back after that," Magnussen told reporters via video conference on the same Sakhir desert track that will host a second race on the shorter outside track this weekend.
"All of a sudden you wake up from this dream world where you walk around thinking that nothing is going to happen and you see such a crash and it suddenly becomes real."
One of the toughest racing drivers in the sport, 28-year-old Magnussen has made no secret of his admiration for those who drove in a more dangerous era of Formula 1 when the risk of death was far greater than it is today.
The Dane said he was worried about Grosjean despite walking away in reps that were played repeatedly during the stop because of the risk of complications from possible internal injuries.
Grosjean, 34, who miraculously got away with only burns to the back of his hand and no broken bones, returned to the scene of the accident on Thursday.
He thanked the FIA ​​medical delegates and marshals, including one who ran across the track with a fire extinguisher, who gave Grosjean time to get out of his car, and allowed Formula One doctor Ian Roberts to help him to safety.
"You were the man who crossed the street?" he asked the marshal. “Your reaction, your attitude, I saw the video, your awareness of where I was in the car.
"Thank you for saving my life."
(Reporting by Abhishek Takle; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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