Former Formula One driver Romain Grosjean, who survived a fiery crash during the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, is insisting that his wedding ring protected him during his accident in Sakhir, as a debate around the wearing jewellery when racing in F1 rages on.
The FIA, F1’s governing body, have issued new rules that ban drivers from wearing metal during races, citing a focus on their safety.
However, seven-time world champion and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has persistently defied the clampdown, insisting that he has two ‘permanent’ pieces of jewellery. AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly has cited religious reasons.
Now Grosjean has entered the fray, recalling his final F1 race, during which he crashed into the barrier, resulting in his vehicle splitting into two.
Grosjean made headlines around the world as he was helped out of the massive fire by Bahraini marshals.
"I have been wearing my wedding ring all my career,” Grosjean added.
"Where my ring was, I was protected, I was protected by my wife. So I understand some of it but I wouldn't like to race without my wedding ring that is big for me."