While the world of F1 was able to breathe an enormous sigh of relief when Grosjean could be seen through the flames before clambering over a barrier to safety, the sport and its governing body, the FIA, will not rest on any laurels.
Questions were immediately raised about the effectiveness of the guardrail that was unfathomably pierced by the Haas. A perfect storm of factors naturally combined that resulted in the barrier failing. You can argue it was a freak accident, perhaps never likely to be witnessed again, but then it was the same with Bianchi when his Marussia collided with a recovery vehicle at a particular angle during the rain-hit race that day at Suzuka. F1 and the FIA responded then, and they will do so again on this occasion.
A detailed forensic investigation has been launched that will look at all areas, including the helmet – the visor of which melted in the heat – HANS, safety harness, protective clothing, survival cell, headrest, in-car extinguisher system and the halo, as well as analysis of chassis integrity and the safety barrier performance.
The investigation is expected to take six to eight weeks, with its findings to come under the microscope of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, the FIA's Serious Accident Study Group and Research Working Group, as well as the Safety Commission, under the auspices of Sir Patrick Head.