Written by Staff Writer
05 Oct, 2014 | 9:02 pm
French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi is fighting for his life after sustaining severe head injuries in a horrific crash during the rain-affected Japanese Grand Prix.
Bianchi, 25, underwent brain surgery following his collision with a recovery tractor, dispatched to clear the Sauber of Adrian Sutil, which had gone off the circuit on the outside of the long Dunlop curve one lap earlier.
Bianchi’s father told French television that the Marussia driver is in a “critical” condition, and was transferred to intensive care after surgery.
The Frenchman was unconscious but breathing for himself when he was taken to the track’s medical centre, before an ambulance drove him to Mie General Hospital, less 10 miles away from the Suzuka circuit. Torrential rain, caused by Typhoon Phanfone, meant the medical helicopter could not fly.
It is the most serious accident at a race weekend since Felipe Massa suffered a skull fracture during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix five years ago, marring Lewis Hamilton’s victory in Japan and a Mercedes one-two.
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