Bianchi suffers 'severe head injury' in crash

By on Sunday, October 5, 2014
Marussia F1 Team. File Photo.

Marussia F1 Team. File Photo.

The FIA has confirmed that Jules Bianchi has suffered a severe head injury in an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Bianchi struck a recovery vehicle which was moving the wreckage of Adrian Sutil's Sauber at Dunlop Curve, which had crashed one lap earlier as weather conditions worsened.

Bianchi was extracted from his Marussia and transferred by ambulance to the nearby Mie General Hospital, where he is currently being operated on.

He is set to be moved to the hospital's Intensive Care Unit following the surgery.

"On lap 42 Adrian Sutil lost control of his car, spun and hit the tyre barrier on the outside of Turn 7," read an FIA statement.

"The marshals displayed double waved yellow flags before the corner to warn drivers of the incident. A recovery vehicle was dispatched in order to lift the car and take it to a place of safety behind the guardrail. While this was being done the driver of car 17, Jules Bianchi, lost control of his car, travelled across the run-off area and hit the back of the tractor.

"Once the marshals reported that the driver was injured, medical teams were dispatched and the Safety Car was deployed. These were followed by an extrication team and an ambulance. The driver was removed from the car, taken to the circuit medical centre and then by ambulance to Mie General Hospital."

"The CT scan shows that he has suffered a severe head injury and he is currently undergoing surgery. Following this he will be moved to intensive care where he will be monitored. Mie General Hospital will issue an update as soon as further information becomes available."

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