Alonso, then driving for Ferrari, was one of the cars taken out of the race by Grosjean. Yet rather than hold any ill-feelings, it has now been revealed that the Spaniard instead proved to be incredibly supportive.
Grosjean: Alonso supportive after mega crash
"Spa was a mistake, I accept the penalty, but I think the penalty was far too harsh. I’m not proud of it, but it’s part of it," he told the F1 website.
“I remember texting Fernando, ‘Sorry, I’m glad you’re okay.’ His answer was: ‘The penalty is too harsh, you will bounce back.’"
Mark Webber went on to label Grosjean a 'first lap nutcase' after a subsequent collision in Japan, something that stayed with the Frenchman.
"Then on the other hand, it was not nice to have Mark coming in," he continued. "I mean, we all make mistakes and he’s done some. Yeah, that was tough.
“Then you go into that bad spiral where you have to perform, but you have so much pressure to perform and you’re not allowed to make a mistake.
"You’re on the radar," he added. "You get into a situation which is almost impossible to get out of. It’s just like being in a wave or washing machine and trying to get out of it.
"Every time you try to get out, it’s pushing you back in. It’s just hard.”
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