Sunday 25 March 2018

Jules Bianchi status update says driver is in 'critical but stable condition'

Medics attend to Jules Bianchi in his car after the F1 driver hit a recovery tractor
Medics attend to Jules Bianchi in his car after the F1 driver hit a recovery tractor

Jules Bianchi is said to be in a “critical but stable condition” following his horrific crash at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday that has left him with serious head injuries.

The Marussia driver went off the track at turn seven, where he collided heavily with a recovery vehicle that was already attending the crash scene of Adrian Sutil’s Sauber. Bianchi was left with serious brain injuries, and underwent a successful three-hour operation to alleviate a subdural haematoma.

Speaking outside the Mie Prefectural General Medical Centre in Yokkaichi, FIA media delegate Matteo Bonciani described Bianchi’s condition as “critical but stable”.

According to Sky Sports, Bianchi is not yet breathing unaided following the operation, which contradicts reports that emerged on Sunday night in France and the UK.

"We're not getting any official updates from the hospital but I understand that Jules is in a very critical condition, still fighting for his life, and I can clear up a couple of pieces of misinformation which have been picked up by the French media and a couple of outlets in the UK," said Craig Slater of Sky Sports News.

“I can confirm that Jules is not, unfortunately, breathing unaided. My understanding is that he is still relying on a respirator at this point to be able to breathe.

"I can also confirm that he has not undergone a second surgical procedure. My understanding is that he went through one medical procedure at about 11pm Japanese time and he has been intensive care since then."

The update comes after Marussia issued a statement on Monday morning thanking everyone for the “huge outpouring of support and affection for Jules and the team at this very difficult time”.

It continued: “With regard to the communication of information concerning Jules’ medical condition, we will respect and be guided by the wishes of the Bianchi family.

“Together with Jules’ care, they will remain our highest priority.

“Therefore, we would ask for patience and understanding with regard to further medical updates.”

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