Twenty-five-year-old Race Car Driver, Jules Bianchi drove for Marussia F1 in the FIA Formula One World Championship. He started in Formula One (F1) as a test driver in 2011. In 2013, Jules made his debut driving for Marussia; finishing fifteenth in his opening race in Australia. However, after failing to score any points, he ended the season in nineteenth position.
In the 2014 season, with his ninth place performance, Jules Bianchi scored both his and the Marussia's first points in Formula One at the Monaco Grand Prix. Such a promising start to his young career!
This young Frenchman is a well-liked figure inside the sport – if not a little unknown outside of F1. Sadly his tragic accident, involving a recovery tractor parked on a live race track corner at Suzuka, stirred up both controversy and with that recognition.
This author will not debate the wisdom of that decision; rather as the mother of a racer, concentrate on the dreadful loss of an athlete dedicated to his craft.
It is a little known fact that Jules Bianchi, who started racing karts at the age of five, was a passionate and talented driver, with a great sense of humor. His dedication and hard work will never be fully grasped by the average fan. However, I am sure that his family, friends and co-workers witnessed that perseverance daily.
Jules Bianchi died yesterday after being in a coma for nine months. He is the first driver to be killed in a Formula One race since the notorious accident that killed Ayrton Senna in 1994. Nonetheless it serves as a reminder of the reality of our sport.
Rest in Peace Jules Bianchi
Our thoughts are with your family and friends
The statement released from the family reads as follows:
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 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.