Jules Bianchi of
Marussia-Ferrari who was rushed to Mie General Hospital in Japan after a
serious crash in Sunday's 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on
October 5, 2014 is undergoing surgery after he suffered a severe head injury.
Bianchi is understood to have collided with a recovery vehicle at Turn 7 which
was removing the damaged Sauber car of Adrian Sutil, who was unhurt after an
According to a statement issued by the FIA, the governing
body of Formula 1 race, on lap 42, 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, travelled 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 FIA statement said.
The driver was removed from the car, taken to the circuit
medical centre and then by ambulance to Mie General Hospital.
“The CT scan
shows that he has suffered a severe head injury and he is currently undergoing
surgery. Following this he will be moved to intensive care where he will be
monitored,” the statement read.
Mie General Hospital will issue an update as soon as further
information becomes available, the statement further added.
Twenty five years old Jules Bianchi is a Fenchman and he was
born on August 3, 1989 in Nice, France. He first started racing in a single-seater
racing in 2007 when he took part in the French Formula Renault. He became a Formula 1 race driver for Marussia F1 Team in 2013. In
the previous year he was the Reserve Driver for Sahara Force India F1 Team and Ferrari
Driver Academy. In 2011 he was the test driver in Formula 1 for Scuderia
Ferrari and Ferrari Driver Academy.
The rain-affected race in
Suzuka saw Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG Petronas being declared the winner.
The Round 15 of the season was held at the legendary 5.807km Suzuka circuit in
Japan and did not see the completion of the 53 laps.
Under highly unusual
conditions, Hamilton won in Japan after 44 laps. Second to come in was his
teammate Nico Rosberg, while Sebastian Vettel of Infiniti Red Bull Racing came
in third. Even as the race was to begin, Typhoon Phanfone was threatening to
wash out the race. It began raining heavily as the race was to begin and the
race started behind the safety car, with all drivers on wet tyres.
The Marussia F1 Team is currently
managed by Manor Motorsport, a subsidiary of Marussia Motors based in Moscow.
It is an Anglo-Russian Formula One racing team based in Banbury in the United
Kingdom. The team competed as "Marussia" starting from the 2012
Formula One season, following the purchase of a controlling stake in the team
by Russian sports car manufacturer Marussia Motors in late 2010.
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