Romain Grosjean has said that he views his horror crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix last year as a "positive experience" that has given him a new perspective on life.
The French driver suffered one of the worst crashes seen in modern Formula 1 after his Haas car careened off the track and threw a barrier before becoming engulfed in flames at the race in Bahrain. As a result of the incident he suffered severe burns to his hands but otherwise emerged from the fireball relatively unscathed.
The crash put an end to the driver's F1 career as he was unable to race in the final two Grand Prix of the season, but he told the F1 Beyond the Grid podcast that as horrible as the incident was, he viewed it as something positive for him.
"100 percent, and it may sound crazy but let me explain. Every day that I live since then is like a bonus day," he said.
"I was so close to not being here anymore that it makes you realise how beautiful life is. You may have small issues here and there, a connecting flight being cancelled or losing time, things you would moan about and I still do a little bit.
"Every morning I wake up, I need to remove my silicone gloves. And then I put some cream on my hands and I remember that I am alive. I'm here, I can play with my kids, I can go racing again, I've got my lovely wife next to me. I'm happier in life, just because I've realised how good life is even with its problems, it would be quite boring if we didn't have any issues in life."