A video has emerged on the internet showing the moment that Jules Bianchi collided with a recovery vehicle during the Japanese Grand Prix that has left the Marussia driver with severe head injuries.
The Frenchman has undergone an operation at the Mie Prefectural General Medical Centre in Yokkaichi to alleviate a subdural haematoma, and his condition has been described by FIA media delegate Matteo Bonciani as “critical but stable”.
Bianchi’s crash happened in the closing stages of the race at Suzuka that had been hit by extreme weather on Sunday. There were fears that Typhoon Phanfone, which was on course to hit Japan, would cause the race to be delayed or abandoned, but it went ahead and up until Bianchi’s accident had been relatively accident-free.
However, Adrian Sutil spun off the track late-on and collided with the tyre barrier at turn seven, but despite marshals and a recovery vehicle taking to the track FIA chief director Charlie Whiting elected not to deploy the safety car. Instead, double-waved yellow flags were used to neutralise the section where the crash had occurred.
As the recovery truck reversed to make its way off the track, Bianchi’s Marussia can be seen to come into shot at speed and pointing in the opposite direction to where the track runs, giving the impression that he was not in control at this point.
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The car hits the back of the heavy goods vehicle with such a force that it is lifted into the air, meaning the front of the Marussia is crushed under the truck and meaning Bianchi’s helmet takes the brunt of the impact, along with the rest of the cockpit. The safety car was quickly deployed once the extent of the crash had been discovered, and a red flag soon followed with confirmation that the race would not be started.
Marussia issued a statement on Monday in which they thanked fans for the outpouring of support for Bianchi, with #ForzaJules trending on Twitter since the accident. they also asked for "patience and understanding" while the 25-year-old is treated for his injuries.Reuse content