The FIA has reported that Marussia driver Jules Bianchi remains in a ‘critical but stable’ condition after suffering ‘severe’ head injuries during Sunday Japanese Grand Prix.
The 25 year old Frenchman is in intensive care after receiving emergency surgery lasting three hours late on Sunday night. Bianchi’s parents arrived at the hospital on Monday evening, with Marussia stating that any updates on the 25 year-old conditions “will be guided by the wishes of the Bianchi family”
His family have “thanked the staff at the hospital for their excellent care” however they have confirmed that he is not breathing unaided, despite reports to the contrary in French and UK media outlets.
Marshals were already recovering an earlier crashed Sauber driven by Adrian Sutil when Bianchi slid off at Turn Seven of the Suzuka circuit and struck the recovery vehicle. Rain had already begun to fall steadily across the Suzuka circuit when the crash occurred on Lap 44. Questions were immediately asked about whether the safety car should have been deployed after Sutil’scrash.
Felipe Massa, driver for Williams travelled to the hospital after the race and criticised Race Control for not deploying the safety car sooner. The race was only red flagged and brought to an early conclusion once Race Control was made aware of the severity of Bianchi’s injuries.
Massa stated “In my opinion, we started the race too early and we ended it too late, I was screaming on the radio five laps before the Safety Car that there was too much water on the track. It was dangerous.”