Motorsports by the virtue of it is a highly dangerous activity and could prove fatal sometimes. And Formula One, particularly, is a very dangerous form of racing. Though utmost attention is given to the safety standards, incidents beyond human control occur occasionally and in a very rare incident, F1 and Motorsports fraternity lost a young driver today.
Jules Bianchi, Marussia driver who suffered a terrible head injury 8-months ago during a horrific accident in the last year's Japanese Gran Prix dies today at a young age of 25 years. Jules Bianchi crashed with the recovery vehicle that was picking up the Adrian Sutil's car at the Suzuka track and was immediately airlifted to hospital after he went unconscious.
Jules Bianchi was of French nationality and before moving to Marussia as a full time racer, he served as the test driver for Ferrari and Sahara Force India. Given the measures FIA take to ensure safety of the drivers, and the fact that no one died ever since legendary Ayrton Senna lost his life at the Imola circuit in 1994, gave everyone a shock.
"Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end," aid Bianchi's family statement on Facebook. "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."
Following are some of the reactions from some of the known people about the Jules Bianchi death -
Team Manor (formerly Marussia) - "We are devastated to lose Jules after such a hard-fought battle. It was a privilege to have him race for our team."
McLaren's Jenson Button - "Last night we lost a truly great guy and a real fighter. RIP Jules, my sincerest condolences to his family and friends."
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean - "Yesterday we lost one of the best guys and best drivers I've ever met. I'll miss you so much my friend.
Williams' Valtteri Bottas - "Woke up to the very sad news. RIP Jules. You will be never forgotten. My thoughts are with the family."
We at Autoportal give our condolences to the Jules Bianchi family and feel sad about the demise of a young talent. We also urge our readers to drive safe and follow all the traffic rules.