Marion Grosjean paid a heartfelt tribute to her husband, his rescuers and his fans in the wake of Sunday's dramatic Bahrain GP.
The wife of the 34-year-old Haas driver was at home with her three children watching the harrowing drama unfold on the opening lap at Sakhir as it fortunately veered within minutes from a horrendous nightmare to profoundly relieving outcome.
Marion, who met her husband when she worked as an F1 anchor for French broadcaster TF1, took to Instagram to express a heart-to-heart array of feelings after Romain Grosjean's ordeal, a moment that also brought to her memory painful recollections of the tragic fate that befell Jules Bianchi at the Japanese GP in 2014.
Here is her post from Instagram transcribed in full:
Of course, I didn’t sleep last night.
To be honest, I don’t really know what to write. I just know that it’s good to do it. It always helps me.
Anyway, this morning, I don’t want to lie, the words aren’t coming easily. That will make him laugh, he who knows how much I like to talk. He to whom I always write so much.
And then I didn’t know what photo to post either. Which image to keep from yesterday? The flames? Him, held by the arms by his saviours? The wreckage of the car?
I’ve chosen this one, a bit stupidly. Because we’re both wearing the same T-shirt of his GP2 title. The one I still sleep in sometimes. I would have preferred if it to have the word ‘superhero’ on it rather than ‘champion’ – but if we have to, we’ll have it custom-made. For the children, because that’s how we explained the inexplicable.
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On Twitter, late [last night], I used useful words, urgent words, to protect them above all. I mentioned the ‘shield of love’ that protected him. Today, I have to find other expressions, come up with other rational phrases, to express the feelings. We will find them together.
Expressions of gratitude, for the men of the Medical Car.
Expressions of friendship, for Jean Todt and his unfailing humanity.
Expressions of thanks for you all, who have shown your support, your affection, your kindness which is so precious to us.
Thank you to the family of Jules Bianchi; to his father Philippe, who I think of constantly. To Jules himself. To Kevin Magnussen for his words. To the team at Canal+ for their sensitivity. I will forget some people, excuse me.
Thank you to our children, who pushed him to pull himself out of the fire. Thank you to his courage, his determination, his strength, his love, his physical training that probably kept him alive (Kim, Dan, love you guys). It didn’t take one miracle but several yesterday. I embrace you all.