FIA Retires Jules Bianchi's F1 Car In His Honour

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The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) has decided to retire car no.17, the one driven by Jules Bianchi in his honour.

The 25-year-old French racing driver drove 15 races in 2014 with this number on his car, until he met with an accident nine months ago that ended his life.

Bianchi met with a crash during the Japanese Grand Prix on a rain stricken day, which left him with serious head injuries. He slid off the track and into a recovery vehicle that was clearing the track.

Since his accident last year, the Marussia team driver has been in a coma. He was initially flown to a hospital in Japan itself, and then later transferred to his home town, Nice, in the south of France, where he passes away.

Executives from the Manor-Marussia F1 team and Jean Todt, the President of auto sports' governing body are to attend his funeral at the Sainte Reparate Cathedral in Nice.

Tributes are expected at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend as well, including one by Ferrari which helped secure the young Frenchman's F1 debut.

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