Romain Grosjean, a regular at second departures


PORTRAIT – The former Formula 1 driver, victim of a terrible accident in 2020, during the Bahrain Grand Prix, moves to the United States to prepare for the IndyCar championship and has just published, with his wife, his autobiography.

Can we sum up thirty-five years of a busy life to twenty-seven seconds? These twenty-seven seconds during which Romain Grosjean remained stuck in the cockpit of his flaming Formula 1, on November 29, 2020. Twenty-seven seconds during which he saw himself die, before succeeding in extracting himself from his car . Twenty-seven endless seconds, linked to its exit from the road at more than 192 km / hour at the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix and its recessing in the metal security barriers. Twenty-seven seconds which occupy nearly 40 pages out of the 316 of his autobiography written with his wife Marion Grosjean (Death in the face, at Témoignage City). This would obviously be reductive. Nevertheless, as his wife notes, “It defines him. A little. » Since since that day there is « always someone to refer to it. «  And that for him, there is a before and an after Bahrain. But Romain Grosjean is used to second starts.

It is indeed not the first time that the

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