Jules Bianchi has died as a result of the injuries he sustained during the Japanese Grand Prix nine months ago, his family has confirmed.
Bianchi’s family issued a statement issued early on Saturday morning.
“It is with deep sadness that the parents of Jules Bianchi, Philippe and Christine, his brother Tom and sister Melanie, wish to make it known that Jules passed away last night at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) in Nice, (France) where he was admitted following the accident of 5th October 2014 at Suzuka Circuit during the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix.”
“Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end.”
“The pain we feel is immense and indescribable. We wish to thank the medical staff at Nice’s CHU who looked after him with love and dedication. We also thank the staff of the General Medical Center in the Mie Prefecture (Japan) who looked after Jules immediately after the accident, as well as all the other doctors who have been involved with his care over the past months.”
“Furthermore, we thank Jules’ 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. Listening to and reading the many messages made us realise just how much Jules had touched the hearts and minds of so many people all over the world.”
“We would like to ask that our privacy is respected during this difficult time, while we try to come to terms with the loss of Jules.”
An official report on the causes of the accident was published in December last year.
Bianchi is the first F1 driver to lose his life due to an accident during a race since Ayrton Senna in 1994. Since then one other driver has died following a crash in a Formula One car, Maria de Villota, who also suffered head injuries after crashing a Marussia at Duxford airfield in 2012. De Villota’s 2013 death was linked to the injuries she suffered in that accident.
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