Bianchi suffers ‘severe’ head injury in F1 crash

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 05 Oktober 2014 | 23.08

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi has been rushed to hospital in an unconscious state after a serious accident which ended the Japanese Grand Prix on the 47th lap.

THE FIA has confirmed that Marussia driver Jules Bianchi suffered a severe head injury in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The Frenchman was rushed to hospital in an unconscious state after an accident that prematurely ended the Suzuka race on the 44th lap on Saturday afternoon (AEST).

Bianchi is undergoing surgery and will be moved to intensive care afterwards.

"The CT scan shows that he has suffered a severe head injury and he is undergoing surgery," a statement from the FIA released late Sunday night said.

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi Source: AFP

"Following this he will be moved to intensive care where he will be monitored."

The incident happened after Bianchi's car crashed into a recovery vehicle that was on the track attending to Adrian Sutil, who had crashed on the same corner (turn 7) on lap 42.

"A recovery vehicle was dispatched to lift the car (Sutil's) and take it to a place of safety," the FIA statement continued.

"While this was being done the driver of car 17 Jules Bianchi lost control of his car and hit the back of the tractor.

"The driver was removed, taken to the circuit medical centre and then by ambulance to hospital.

"The hospital will issue an update as soon as one becomes available."

When asked about the incident, Sutil said: "I had a spin and ended up in the wall.

"I stood up and they tried to rescue the car.

"Jules was in the same area and lost the car. I have no more information.

"We are all aware of the situation. Hopefully he is in good hands."

FIA statement Source: Supplied

Bianchi crashed into the recovery vehicle which was assisting Adrian Sutil Source: Supplied

The race was won by Lewis Hamilton though celebrations on the podium were muted as news of Bianchi's situation spread.

"Our first thoughts go to Jules — it overshadows everything else when one of our colleagues is injured and we are praying for him," Hamilton said.

"Next to this, the race result doesn't seem significant at all."

Hamilton's teammate Nico Rosberg. who finished second, said: "I am not thinking about the race ... my thoughts are with my colleague. They have given us some information and it seems very, very serious."

Other drivers were quick to wish their colleague well.

"For me, the race doesn't really matter today. I haven't seen anything of Jules' accident, but the most important thing to say is that all our thoughts are with him, his family, and his team right now. It's an accident that you hope never happens in Formula 1," said McLaren driver Jenson Button.

Amid the well wishers, Felipe Massa questioned the race organisers' decision to restart the race given the extreme weather conditions.

"In my opinion they started the race too early because it was not drivable at the beginning and they finished the race too late," he told the UK Telegraph.

"I was screaming on the radio five laps before the safety car that there was too much water on the track but they just took a little bit too long. It was dangerous."

Jules Bianchi's crash at the Japanese Grand Prix ended the race. Source: Supplied

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