“The first text I got from my manager after the accident said ‘Let’s forget IndyCar.'” he recalled.
“After such a shock, you can understand but I still thought it was possible and wanted to do. Motor sports is always going to be risky. You just have to decide at which level you’ll accept.”
Grosjean says his family’s support and empathy with his passion for motorsport gave him the confidence to still take up a contract with Dale Coyne.
“During my recent times, in the last few years, for the kids and my wife, they understand that I am a racer at heart,” he said. “And that’s what I really love doing. And one day I will be done with this [racing], but it’s not quite yet.
“The other day, I was training my neck on the sofa with a very heavy Bell helmet that I have – 7.5 kilos or so. And my oldest son Sasha came and said ‘Ah daddy, you’re training your neck, I’m happy!’
“It was just it was a small sentence but it meant a lot for me, because he was happy that I was training to go racing again.”