Drivers 'shocked' after Bianchi accident

By on Thursday, October 9, 2014
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Formula 1 drivers say they are in a state of shock and their thoughts remain with Jules Bianchi after the Frenchman's accident in Japan.

Bianchi struck a recovery vehicle and sustained a diffuse axonal injury. He remains in an intensive care unit in hospital in Japan.

"[It was] worse than the race of my accident as I didn’t remember anyway," said Felipe Massa, referring to his injury in Hungary five years ago.

"[It] was the worst race of my life. It’s so difficult as you are just thinking about him, Jules, and it’s very difficult weekend for all of us."

"I think it was a tough race, all our thoughts are with Jules," said Fernando Alonso.

"Our minds are there. We have a huge respect for our work but when there are big accidents there are no words to describe how bad you can feel. Right now we are here [in Sochi] in a difficult environment, emotionally [it is] very difficult, [we are] ready to race and to race for him, to race as professionally as we can but definitely my mind is with him in this moment and praying for him."

An understandably emotional Adrian Sutil also addressed the media, having been standing behind the barriers near Bianchi's accident.

"[It's] hard to say, a very shocking moment for everyone, for myself, nothing really to say about it," he said. "Probably everyone has seen it.

"It’s just…we have to pray right now, this is all we can do. We can hope we can get some better news. We are here in Sochi with a grey cloud over us. [We have to] try and be professional to focus on a race weekend, good to get rid of a little bit of this mood, but still it affects everyone and my thoughts are the same."

"It was an extremely difficult race for all of us, I join in what the other drivers said, it’s the most difficult race to digest, I think difficult conditions, leaving a very small margin for error, for Jules it was at that time too small and very unlucky which led to catastrophe," added Sebastian Vettel.

"Our thoughts are with him and his family, we wish him all the strength we can send."

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