Jules Bianchi Critical But Stable

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Matteo Bonciani, International Automobile Federation (FIA) spokesman, told journalists that the French F1 driver, Jules Bianchi, is in a critical condition but stable.

The 25-year-old French national, lost control of his Ferrari powered Marussia F1 car on the wet track and rear ended a recovery tractor that had been sent to remove Adrian Sutil's crashed Sauber during the Japanese Grand Prix. The race was stopped after his fellow drivers and teams were in a state of shock.

The crash left Bianchi unconscious. He was immediately rushed to Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, where he was treated and underwent a surgery. Bianchi had suffered severe injuries to his head and will continue to be monitored in intensive care.

bianchi crashed during japanese grand prix

This was Bianchi's second season in Formula 1 after being a part of Ferrari's Young Driver Program.

The crash took place due to heavy rains and at the exact corner where Adrian Sutil's Sauber crashed into the wall after he lost control. The safety car and medical car were deployed and the race was brought to a halt.

Formula One in recent times has almost been free of major crashes following safety measures that were implemented after Ayrton Senna's fatal crash in the year 1994 at the San Marino Grand Prix.

The 25 year-old driver's parents, Philippe and Christine Bianchi arrived after hearing the news and are now with him in the hospital.

Story first published: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 15:26 [IST]
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