Motorsport Images photographer Andy Hone wins award for Grosjean’s fireball photo


The image of Hone captures the silhouette of Grosjean approaching the barrier his Haas car had just passed through before igniting at the start of the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, following contact with former rider AlphaTauri Daniil Kvyat.

In the photo, Grosjean is about to climb out of the flames and over the barrier and into the arms of F1 medical rescue coordinator Dr Ian Roberts as a Bahrain marshal tackles the blaze with a fire extinguisher having crossed the track to reach the scene.

Grosjean was able to escape without sustaining life-changing injuries, although he suffered significant burns to his hands that prevented him from completing the last two races of an F1 relay dating back to 2012, after having raced for the first time in the category for seven races in 2009.

Hone, who is part of the Haas team as the team photographer in the garage for this weekend’s Azerbaijani GP, took home the award in the F1 class of the prestigious track record.

He said of his victory: “I am absolutely delighted and honored to win. The F1 season has been a long and difficult year and it’s great that your work is recognized.

After the shocking incident at the start of the first of two F1 2020 races to be held at the Bahrain circuit, Hone explained how he came to capture the image, which featured on one of the major publications around the world .

“I filmed the start of the race at turn 2 and once the cars passed I turned around, heard a big bang and there was a huge fireball in the air,” he said. -he explains.

“[I] obviously ran straight towards her. Gruesome scenes, but there are a lot of people relying on you to document what’s going on. So you just have to get started.

After his F1 stint ended, Grosjean switched to IndyCar and will race for the Dale Coyne Racing team in all 12 road and street races on the 2021 championship calendar.

He took pole position and finished second in the recent Indianapolis road round – only his third start in the class.

Everyone at Autosport would like to congratulate Andrew on his award and recognize his fantastic efforts to capture the full extent of the Grosjean crash and escape under very difficult circumstances for everyone involved.


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