Bianchi’s family launch legal action against Manor, Ecclestone and the FIA over his death

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The Family of Jules Bianchi has announced they are planning to take legal action against Marussia (now Manor) and the Formula One Group following his death last year. The Frenchman died in July last year from head injuries when his car collided with a mobile crane at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka in October 2014.

Lawyer Stewarts Laws acting for the family said theu are planning to sue the FIA, Bianchi’s Marussia team and Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One Group. “Jules Bianchi’s death was avoidable,” said lawyer Julian Chamberlayne.

His family believe that the actions of one or more of the three parties may have contributed to the crash. Claiming that errors were made in the “planning, timing, organisation and conduct of the race”, which they argue “took place in dangerous conditions during the typhoon season in Japan”.

The news came during the first practice session for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, where two years ago the Frenchman scored Marussia’s only points in F1.

The news came during the first practice session for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, where two years ago the Frenchman scored Marussia’s only points in F1.

His father Philippe said “We seek justice for Jules and want to establish the truth about the decisions that led to our son’s crash. We have so many unanswered questions and feel that Jules’ accident and death could have been avoided if a series of mistakes had not been made.”

Chamberlayne added “The FIA Panel Inquiry Report into this accident made numerous recommendations to improve safety in Formula One but failed to identify where errors had been made which led to Jules’ death.”

The official inquiry by the FIA concluded that a number of factors – the tricky conditions, Bianchi’s speed, and the presence of a crane – all contributed to the accident.

The family want the legal process to giver the answers and to take responsibility for any failings. “This is important if current and future drivers are to have confidence that safety in the sport will be put first.”

Letter released today ask the team, the FIA and FOG to “ accept that errors were made in the planning, timing, organisation and conduct of the race which took place in dangerous conditions during the typhoon season in Japan.”

His father went on to say “We seek justice for Jules, and want to establish the truth about the decisions that led to our son’s crash at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2014.

“As a family, we have so many unanswered questions and feel that Jules’ accident and death could have been avoided if a series of mistakes had not been made.”

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