F1: Jules Bianchi Dies Of Suzuka Crash Injuries

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French Formula One Driver Jules Bianchi dies due to injuries he suffered after the Japanese Grand Prix 9 months ago. Bianchi suffered severe head injuries.

The 25 year old Marussia Formula One Team driver crashed into a recovery vehicle during the races 9 months ago and was in a coma ever since. He suffered what is called ‘diffuse axonal injury'.

Bianchi is the first driver to die due to injuries suffered during a Grand Prix race, after Ayrton Senna was killed in 1994. Senna's crash took place at the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola.

Bianchi died in the hospital in Nice, close to his parents house, in the south of France. Bianchi was initially airlifted to a hospital in Japan itself after the crash and was flown here later.

Bianchi's family quoted: "We thank Jules's colleagues, friends, fans and everyone who has demonstrated their affection for him over these past months, which gave us great strength and helped us deal with such difficult times."

The accident took place during the Japanese Grand Prix when Bianchi lost control of his car and slid into a recovery vehicle, that was attending to Adrian Sutil's car. Sutil had crashed in the same spot during the rain affected race, one lap earlier.

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Story first published: Monday, July 20, 2015, 9:12 [IST]
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