Thursday 23 November 2017

Bianchi family to sue over crash

The late Formula One driver Jules Bianchi (Picture: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
The late Formula One driver Jules Bianchi (Picture: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The family of Jules Bianchi have launched a major lawsuit against the deceased Frenchman's former team, Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Group and F1's governing body, in an unprecedented action which could cost the sport millions.

Philippe Bianchi, the 25-year-old's father, announced that action was being taken against Marussia, the FIA and Ecclestone's companies as part of a bid to raise compensation and clear his son's name. "(We) feel that Jules's accident and death could have been avoided if a series of mistakes had not been made," he said.

The official report after Bianchi's horrific accident in the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix concluded the Frenchman had been driving too quickly under double yellow flags in treacherous conditions, causing him to go off the track and collide with a recovery tractor. Bianchi died last July after nine months in a coma.

Bianchi lost control of his Marussia at 132mph, before crashing into the 6.8-tonne recovery tractor at a speed of 78mph just 2.61 seconds later, according to the report. His car narrowly avoided several marshals using the tractor to remove Adrian Sutil's Sauber. The family's complaint centres on the use of the recovery vehicle, the time it took to take Bianchi to hospital, and the fact the race went ahead in heavy rain.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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