Formula 1 Driver Jules Bianchi Dead at 25
Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi has died, nine months after a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix last season.
His family gave a statement on social media on Saturday:
“It is with deep sadness that the parents of Jules Bianchi, Philippe and Christine, his brother Tom and sister Mélanie, 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,” said the Bianchi family. “The pain we feel is immense and indescribable…. 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.”
Bianchi crashed into a recovery crane during a rainy soaked Japanese Grand Prix last October.
The race was red-flagged. Bianchi was flown to a local hospital unconscious.
Our thoughts are with his family and Formula 1.