Jules Bianchi update: Family release statement to confirm F1 driver remains 'critical but stable' following Japanese Grand Prix crash

Bianchi suffered an axonal diffuse head injury during the Grand Prix at Suzuka earlier this month and his family have issued a statement to inform fans of his condition

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Jules Bianchi remains in a “critical but stable condition” in a Japanese hospital, his family have confirmed.

Bianchi suffered a diffuse axonal injury after a heavy accident during the Japanese Grand Prix at the beginning of this month when he went off the wet Suzuka track and collided with a recovery vehicle that was already tending to the scene of an accident.

His family remain by his side in the Mie General Medical Hospital in Yokkaichi, and on Thursday they issued a statement to confirm he remains in a “critical but stable condition” as he continues to fight for his life.

The statement read: “It will be four weeks this coming Sunday since Jules’ accident and he remains in the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi. His condition continues to be classified by the medical professionals here as critical but stable. Although we have no new information to give, we recognise that there are a huge number of people all around the world who are supporting Jules and willing him on in his fight. We owe it to his many fans to acknowledge the continued outpouring of messages, and to provide some information, however brief it may be.

“Jules does indeed continue to fight. Although there have been some reports suggestive of plans for Jules’ treatment, at this time his fight will continue here in Yokkaichi. We are taking things step by step.

“Once again, we would like to offer our sincere appreciation for the patience and understanding being shown towards our family at this very difficult time. We also continue to be comforted by the knowledge that Jules is receiving the best possible care at the Mie General Medical Center, with the doctors here remaining in constant contact with the neurosurgeons at the University La Sapienza of Rome, and Professor Gerard Saillant, President of the FIA Medical Commission.


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“We will provide a further update when it is appropriate to do so. In the meantime, thank you to everyone who continues to keep Jules in their thoughts and prayers.”