Before we get to our race report from yesterday’s Japanese Grand Prix we want to pass on our thoughts and best wishes to Jules Bianchi, his family and friends, and all at the Marussia F1 Team.
As the rain began to increase towards the end of yesterday’s grand prix, Adrian Sutil crashed into a tyre barrier near turn 7. Under double-waved yellow flags a recovery vehicle was in operation to remove Sutil’s car. While this was happening Bianchi lost control of his car at the same corner, skidded across the run-off area and crashed into the recovery vehicle.
It soon became clear that the incident was serious, the Safety Car sent out and once the ambulance was on track to go to Bianchi’s aid the race was stopped.
Details of Bianchi’s condition are understandably light on detail but we do know that a “CT scan shows that he has suffered a severe head injury”. We also know he has emerged from surgery and there are reports suggesting the 25-year-old is able to breathe unassisted.
The full FIA statement on the Bianchi incident can be read below and further information can be found at the following sources:
Note to the media regarding Jules Bianchi
Sun 05.10.14, 2:02PM
On lap 42, Adrian Sutil lost control of his car, spun and hit the tyre barrier on the outside of Turn 7. The marshals displayed double waved yellow flags before the corner to warn drivers of the incident. A recovery vehicle was despatched in order to lift the car and take it to a place of safety behind the guardrail. While this was being done the driver of car 17, Jules Bianchi, lost control of his car, travelled across the run-off area and hit the back of the tractor.
Once the marshals reported that the driver was injured, medical teams were despatched and the Safety Car was deployed. These were followed by an extrication team and an ambulance.
The driver was removed from the car, taken to the circuit medical centre and then by ambulance to Mie General Hospital.
The CT scan shows that he has suffered a severe head injury and he is currently undergoing surgery. Following this he will be moved to intensive care where he will be monitored.
Mie General Hospital will issue an update as soon as further information becomes available.