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F1 driver Jules Bianchi has passed away from his injuries. (Edited: EPA)

F1 driver Jules Bianchi has passed away from his injuries. (Edited: EPA)

After spending months in an induced coma, the French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi has passed away [1]. Bianchi, aged 25, crashed his Marussia F1 car into a recovery vehicle at the rain-soaked 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

Bianchi’s family said:

Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end.

Tributes have poured in for Jules Bianchi [2], with his team-mate in 2013-14, Max Chilton, saying:

No words can describe what his family and the sport have lost. All I can say it was a pleasure knowing and racing you.

First in 21 Years

Prior to racing in Formula One [3], Jules Bianchi raced in various formulas of single-seater motorsport, progressing from Formula Renault 2.0 to Formula 3 Euro, to GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5.

Mr Bianchi became the first recruit of the Ferrari Driver Academy [4], which lead him to a seat in the Marussia F1 team, who had been fighting their finances and technical limitations from the back of the field.

The Anglo-Russian team scored their only points through the French driver, attaining 9th place in 2014 Monaco Grand Prix [5].

(Video: Sport News)

Jules Bianchi is the first Formula One driver to be killed as a result of a Grand Prix racing accident since Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger in separate accidents at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix [6].

After the driver fell into a coma, the sport reacted quickly to institute new safety measures, such as a virtual safety car, slowing drivers down under double-waved yellow flags [7].

References

[1] BBC, 2015. Jules Bianchi: F1 driver dies from Suzuka crash injuries. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/33578770 [Accessed: 19th June 2015]

[2] Autosport, 2015. Tributes to Marussia F1 driver Jules Bianchi after his death. Available from: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/120022 [Accessed: 19th June 2015]

[3] Driver DB, 2015. Jules Bianchi. Available from: https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/jules-bianchi/ [Accessed: 19th June 2015]

[4] Beer, M., 2010. Ferrari expands young driver academy. Autosport. Available from: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81893 [Accessed: 19th June 2015]

[5] Formula One, 2014. Formula 1 Grand Prix De Monaco 2014. Available from: http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/championship/results/2014-race-results/2014-monaco-results.html [Accessed: 19th June 2015]

[6] Campbell, P., 2014. From the Vault: the tragic death of F1 driver Roland Ratzenberger in 1994. The Guardian. Available from: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2014/may/01/roland-ratzenberger-formula-one-grand-prix-san-marino-ayrton-senna [Accessed: 19th June 2015]

[7] Weaver, P, 2015. F1’s refocus on driver safety is legacy of Jules Bianchi tragedy. The Guardian. Available from: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/jul/18/f1-jules-bianchi [Accessed: 19th June 2015]

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