Jules Bianchi has died of his head injuries following a crash at last years Japanese Grand Prix his family confirmed. Bianich crashed into a recovery truck in pouring rain during the race at Suzuka last October.
The family released this statement “Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end. The pain we feel is immense and indescribable.”
The statement added “Listening to and reading the many messages made us realise just how much Jules had touched the hearts and minds of so many people all over the world.”
Bianchi is the first driver to die of injuries sustained during a grand prix weekend since the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix were three times world champion Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger were killed.
An FIA investigation found that as Bianchi went off the track into the run-off area, he “applied both throttle and brake together, using both feet” over-riding the fail-safe mechanism. His front wheels had also locked.
Bianchi’s career followed the normal path of many young drivers through the lower formulas and he was a member of Ferraris young driver program.
It also said that Bianchi “did not slow sufficiently to avoid losing control”.
Many drivers have tweeted there reaction in the past few hours
His team-mate when the accident happen Max Chilton said “No words can describe what his family & the sport have lost. All I can say it was a pleasure knowing & racing you. X”
McLaren’s Jenson Button “Last night we lost a truly great guy and a real fighter #RIPJules my sincerest Condolences to his family and friends.”