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Romain Grosjean back in cockpit just 86 days after fireball F1 crash for IndyCar with special helmet designed by kids

, Romain Grosjean back in cockpit just 86 days after fireball F1 crash for IndyCar with special helmet designed by kids

ROMAIN GROSJEAN got back in the cockpit just 86 days after surviving a fiery smash in Bahrain.

After nine seasons in F1, the Frenchman has taken up a career in IndyCar.

Romain Grosjean returned to the cockpit just 86 days after surviving his horror accident
He got behind the wheel again at the Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama

, Romain Grosjean back in cockpit just 86 days after fireball F1 crash for IndyCar with special helmet designed by kids

The Frenchman made a miraculous escape at the Bahrain GP when his car burst into flames

And he is getting up to speed with the new series – although admits he is still in some discomfort with his burned hands.

Grosjean, 34, cheated death in a crash in the Bahrain GP that was measured at 52G when his Haas car stuck a barrier and was ignited into a fireball.

But behind the wheel again at the Barber Motorsports Park he says he is adjusting to the new series with Dale Coyne Racing.

He said: “After the first run my biceps started hurting a bit, and I thought, ‘Okay, okay. Now we’re talking.’ You really feel the car.

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“I guess you can drive it a little bit more with your driving style with the way you apply the brake and your turning and so on.

“You can actually use different lines, whereas in Formula One you may be more stuck to the ideal line because of how the aerodynamics work.

“[My hand] has actually done very well. I had a big snap and that was a bit painful. I expect those. I know it’s not fully recovered and is sensitive.”

Grosjean wore a special helmet for the IndyCar test designed by his children Sacha, Simon and Camille and features their drawings of their pets.

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He will now spend his time in the US series and he says he was surprised at just how friendly it was compared to the highly-secretive world of F1.

Grosjean added: “It’s a different car, a different position, but apart from that, everything felt great and normal.

“I just need to get used to a new car. It reminds me of when I was jumping from Formula Renault to Formula 3 and GP2. So far, I’ve been really happy with it.

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“The mechanical grip of the car has been really good. I can really understand why you can get the racing good. The way the team works is really good.

“When I arrived, I was quite surprised to see that the cars are being set up here, and there’s no closed garage or tents.

“I really like it. You get to go into the pit lane, and I was talking to Sebastien Bourdais, and Takuma (Sato) came over, and we had a good chat next to his car.

“The talking is made on track, and whenever you remove your helmet it feels like everyone is friendly and likes to talk and chat.”

, Romain Grosjean back in cockpit just 86 days after fireball F1 crash for IndyCar with special helmet designed by kids

Grosjean’s new helmet was designed by children Sacha, Simon and Camille and features drawings of their pets

, Romain Grosjean back in cockpit just 86 days after fireball F1 crash for IndyCar with special helmet designed by kids

He admitted there is still some discomfort in his hands following the burns

, Romain Grosjean back in cockpit just 86 days after fireball F1 crash for IndyCar with special helmet designed by kids

The driver was surprised at just how friendly IndyCar was compared to F1

, Romain Grosjean back in cockpit just 86 days after fireball F1 crash for IndyCar with special helmet designed by kids

Grosjean has joined Dale Coyne Racing for the US series

, Romain Grosjean back in cockpit just 86 days after fireball F1 crash for IndyCar with special helmet designed by kids

His new car has the No51 and his name and flag emblazoned on the side

, Romain Grosjean back in cockpit just 86 days after fireball F1 crash for IndyCar with special helmet designed by kids

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