Jules Bianchi dead: Jenson Button, Max Chilton and Bruno Senna lead tributes to late F1 driver as motorsport world mourns loss of rising star

Tipped to be a F1 star in the making, Bianchi's death has left the motorsport world and beyond in shock

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The world of motorsport is in mourning after the sad news came this morning to confirm Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi had died at the age of 25.

Bianchi suffered severe head injuries in a horror crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix in October, leaving him in a coma and the world in shock after he collided with a recovery vehicle tending to an earlier accident.

The news of his death comes after his father, Philippe, admitted that the family were beginning to lose hope, and an outpouring of emotion on social media has demonstrated just how big a tragedy his passing is.

 

Bianchi was singled out as a star in the making, having already scored his first points for the Marussia team - now Manor F1 - on the famous streets of Monaco. He was also involved with Ferrari's Young Driver Academy and a future drive with the Italian manufacturer had already been rumoured.

He "fought right to the very end", his family said in a statement, before his battle came to an end in hospital in Nice.

McLaren driver Jenson Button: "Last night we lost a truly great guy and a real fighter #RIPJules my sincerest Condolences to his family and friends."

 

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo: "I'll never forget you and the good times we had. Going to miss you bro."

 

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... #RIPJules"

 

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas: "Woke up to these very sad news.. RIP Jules. You will be never forgotten. My thoughts are with the family."

 

British driver Max Chilton: "No words can describe what his family & the sport have lost. All I can say it was a pleasure knowing & racing you."

 

Former F1 driver and Le Mans winner Mark Blundell: "Very sad news hearing the passing of Jules Bianchi. Thoughts are with his family & friends. #RIP #Fighter #LiveForNow"

 

MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa: "All my thoughts to the family of Jules Bianchi,R.I.P."

 

Racing driver Bruno Senna, nephew of the late three-time F1 champion Ayrton Senna: "My strong thoughts go to Jules Bianchi's family! Hope the lessons we learned will stop more tragedies like these from happening! RIP"

 

Mario Andretti, the 1978 F1 world champion: "My heartfelt condolences to the Jules-Bianchi family for this very sad ending of a promising young life. My prayers are with you. RIPJules."

 

Dario Franchitti, the four-time Indy Car Series champion and three-time Indy 500 winner: "Rest in peace Jules Bianchi. This sport that we love can be very cruel."

 

Former F1 driver Allan McNish: "Sad to wake to the news Jules-Bianchi has passed away last night. Thoughts are with his family and close friends today. #lightacandle"

Indianapolis 500 champion and former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya: "Just heard that Jules Bianchi passed away. Thoughts and prayers for his family and friends. RIP."

 

Former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi: "We never forget you!"

 

Three-time Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer: "Rest in peace dear Jules! We lost a great fighter today. All my thoughts are with you and your family Jules-Bianchi".

 

British auto racing driver Katherine Legge: "So sad to hear Jules Bianchi passed away. RIP Jules."

 

Additional reporting by PA

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