Writing this straight from the heart, no planning, just… feel like sharing. It was on Eid last Friday/Saturday when I first woke, checked my phone and saw the news about Jules. It was very tough to enjoy that day without a constant numb feeling inside and even the days after.
Bianchi’s passing is the first fatality in Formula One that I’ve seen and been actively aware of. I was too young to know the feeling when the last death of Ayrton Senna happened 21 years ago. Nine months previously to 17th July 2015, when Jules’ accident took place it felt real. But having not seen him since, whilst being in hospital care, it’s harder to accept he has now died. You’d always hope for some good news as long as there is a chance. I still can’t believe what’s happened…
Motorsport and Kimi have been part of my life since I was 12 and now I’m almost 28; time goes too quickly, we take things for granted and even those we support and love to watch on track. But it is with our hearts that we see rightly, things mostly unspoken but felt. And no matter which driver we support, they are ALL our heroes and we come together to show it (there was a #DressForJules initiative created by other fans). That’s the motorsport community. We feel honoured to witness these great, fearless, talented drivers who risk it all for the passion they have for speed, to win, to succeed. They know F1 is a dangerous sport but that doesn’t stop them.
I didn’t know Jules, or follow him closely as much I do with Kimi obviously (I always voted Jules the most handsome F1 driver without a second thought, he truly was as beautiful as talented) but when any racing driver suffers a serious accident (even outside the sport, we remember Schumacher and ask him to #KeepFightingMichael…), the pain is close to home. Afterall, it could’ve been any one of them. His accident was terribly unfortunate, however it was instant with minimum physical pain, I hope. In the brief time that Jules spent with the F1 world and outside, it’s easy to see he made an impression that will last forever in the hearts of those who saw him and that smile…
As we approach Hungary, the first GP weekend after his passing, I wanted to give my deepest and sincere condolences to Bianchi’s family, friends and collegues, all who without a doubt will be in our thoughts this difficult weekend.
Keep Flying Jules… wherever you are.
¬ Evenstar Saima