Formula One praying for critical Bianchi

2014-10-06 13:48

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French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi remained in a critical condition after suffering severe head injuries in a Japanese Grand Prix crash, with the sport praying for him to pull through.

The 25-year-old’s Marussia team issued a statement today giving no medical details but acknowledging a “huge outpouring of support and affection for Jules and the team at this very difficult time”.

They said any update about his condition would be guided by the wishes of his 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,” added the British-based team.

French media said Bianchi remained critical and was under artificial respiration, contrary to reports yesterday evening that suggested he was breathing unassisted after surgery.

Sky Sports television reported from the Mie General hospital in Yokkaichi, near Suzuka, that his family were expected to arrive from France shortly.

Bianchi suffered the injury when he aquaplaned off a wet track and hit the back of a recovery tractor that had been deployed to remove Adrian Sutil’s crashed Sauber.

The race was stopped, with his fellow drivers and teams in a state of shock.

Race winner Lewis Hamilton, who leads the championship for Mercedes, said he was praying for the Frenchman.

“Our first thoughts go to Jules – it overshadows everything else when one of our colleagues is injured and we are praying for him. Next to this, the race result doesn’t seem significant at all,” the Briton said.

The governing International Automobile Federation said the driver had been extracted unconscious from the car and taken to hospital where a scan revealed a severe head injury. He underwent immediate surgery.

Marussia said senior team officials would stay at the hospital to support the driver, along with representatives of Ferrari.

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