F1 driver Jules Bianchi has died.
Aged 25, the talented Frenchman has been unconscious since striking a recovery vehicle in fading light and wet conditions during last October’s Japanese grand prix.
The former Marussia driver’s family confirmed his death in a statement, saying Bianchi “passed away last night” in hospital in his native Nice.
“Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end,” the family announced.
“The pain we feel is immense and indescribable.”
Bianchi’s family, including his parents and two siblings, thanked medical staff in Japan and France, his fans and colleagues, and added: “We would like to ask that our privacy is respected during this difficult time, while we try to come to terms with the loss of Jules.”
The world of motor sport is in mourning today, after the tragic passing of Jules Bianchi overnight. The sport has lost one of the most talented drivers of this generation, from a family that has such a strong presence in the history of the sport. Jules Bianchi was a popular personality all in F1, possessing the best of both human and sporting qualities.
The FIA recognises the courage with which he conducted his last fight, in the company of his loving family.
Jean Todt , FIA President, expressed his deepest condolences to Jules’ family and recognised the great pain being felt by the Bianchi family and those close to them.
The motor sport community offers their most sincere support through this terrible ordeal.
Jules is survived by his parents Philippe and Christine, his brother Tom and sister Mélanie.
“The pain we feel is immense and indescribable,” his family said this morning in a statement. “We wish to thank the medical staff at Nice’s CHU who looked after him with love and dedication. We also thank the staff of the General Medical Center in the Mie Prefecture (Japan) who looked after Jules immediately after the accident, as well as all the other doctors who have been involved with his care over the past months. Furthermore, 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. We would like to ask that our privacy is respected during this difficult time, while we try to come to terms with the loss of Jules.”
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