Bianchi father says he's 'less optimistic' of son's recovery

The father of French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi says he is "less optimistic" that his son will recover from the severe head injuries he suffered in a Japanese Grand Prix crash last October.

Bianchi, 25, has been in a coma since the accident at Suzuka and is now in hospital in Nice, near his parents' home in the south of France.

"In general, progress needs to be made in the first six months," Philippe Bianchi said. "And now it's been nine months and Jules has still not woken up and there is no significant progress. As time goes by, it makes me less optimistic than I might have been two or three months after the accident."

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