The French 25-year-old F1 driver, Jules Bianchi has had surgery on a serious brain injury after smashing into the rear of the F1 tractor which was helping another F1 driver, the Sauber of Sutil, who had lost control and left the Japanese Suzuka track on the lap before.
Mr Gerard Saillant, the renowned brain surgeon who has assisted Michael Schumacher since his skiing related brain injury, has already been flown to Japan to join the team which is looking after Bianchi.
What did Team Marussia say?
A Team Marussia statement says:
“Following the accident involving Jules Bianchi during yesterday’s 2014 Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit, the Marussia F1 Team would like to acknowledge the huge outpouring of support and affection for Jules and the Team at this very difficult time.”
“With regard to the communication of information concerning Jules’ medical condition, we will respect, and be guided by, the wishes of the Bianchi family. Together with Jules’ care, they will remain our highest priority.”
‘Therefore, we would ask for patience and understanding with regard to further medical updates, which will be communicated in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, where Jules is being treated, when they feel it is appropriate. Representatives of the Marussia F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari will remain at the hospital to support Jules and the Bianchi family.”
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Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, have issued a similar statement:
“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, traveled 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.”
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What have F1 drivers said?
“Our first thoughts go to Jules. It overshadows everything else when one of our colleague is injured and we are praying for him. Next to this, the race result doesn’t seem significant at all. Nico and I had a tough battle, we were pushing really hard… But like I said, that’s not what matters – our thoughts are with Jules.”
“I was already screaming on the radio five laps before the safety car that there was too much water on the track, but they took a bit too long and it was dangerous.”
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