Jules Bianchi dies nine months after F1 driver crashed at Japanese Grand Prix

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STATEMENT FROM THE BIANCHI FAMILY said:
It is with deep sadness that the parents of Jules Bianchi, Philippe and Christine, his brother Tom and sister Mélanie, wish to make it known that Jules passed away last night at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) in Nice, (France) where he was admitted following the accident of 5th October 2014 at Suzuka Circuit during the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix.

'Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end,' said the Bianchi family. 'The pain we feel is immense and indescribable. We wish to thank the medical staff at Nice's CHU who looked after him with love and dedication. We also thank the staff of the General Medical Center in the Mie Prefecture (Japan) who looked after Jules immediately after the accident, as well as all the other doctors who have been involved with his care over the past months.

'Furthermore, we thank Jules' colleagues, friends, fans and everyone who has demonstrated their affection for him over these past months, which gave us great strength and helped us deal with such difficult times. 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.

'We would like to ask that our privacy is respected during this difficult time, while we try to come to terms with the loss of Jules.'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sp...hs-F1-driver-crashed-Japanese-Grand-Prix.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/33578770

Sad news, to think he was on such a high this time last year after scoring Marussia's first points ever.
 

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That's really sad news. It just shows that no matter what happens safety wise in F1 (or an motorsport), it's still an incredibly dangerous career and these guys simply don't get the recognition for their bravery. Jules is now marked as the first F1 driver to die since the last 2 in 1994 (Ratzenberger and Senna). :(
 

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very sad news, but for me, not unexpected. in the back of my mind, I had a feeling he would die without regaining consciousness, I'm just surprised he managed to hang on for as long as he did. in the end, when the body can no longer fight to survive, it's only option is to let go.

this will be the wake up call I personally feel F1 still needs. despite the advances in technology & safety standards over the last 20 years, it's still very much a dangerous sport, and always will be.

I can recall a few years ago, someone on these very message boards made the statement that they believed there wouldn't be another fatality in F1, as they thought that it had become too safe. well, it's not, and the only thing that has prevented a fatality before now is plain and simple good fortune.

kubica, webber, alonso, massa, raikonnen among others are still alive and in good health because they were fortunate enough to survive potentially disastrous accidents.

the problem with good fortune, is that it doesn't last, and sooner or later, the luck will always run out for someone, and unfortunately for bianchi, it was him this time.

sadly, this won't be the last tragedy in F1, the nature of the sport will eventually bring about the same outcome for somebody, as long as the sport has a core human element, death is inevitable. there will be the next fatality, whether that is in the next race, next season, or well into the next decade, nobody knows, but it will happen. the drivers are all too aware of this, and accept the risks when they get into the car..
 

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I remembered this from Sky sports at the beginning of the year:
[video=youtube;elDVrqd4uao]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elDVrqd4uao[/video]
Bianchi fought hard for a long, long time.

The same is true for all F1 drivers. I think we forget just how fast F1 cars travel, even in light of the FIA continually curbing the technologies that make cars go faster.
 

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David Coulthard said:
There is less risk of that happening at one of the newer, flatter tracks, with vast run-off areas. But unquestionably the drivers would say there is less pleasure in driving there than at Suzuka.
That's not because they think for one minute that the possibility of death should be part of the challenge.
It's because the consequences of a mistake are much greater. Instead of running wide and rejoining the track, they could damage the car, even have a crash. And even if you are 'uninjured' in a crash, believe me, they all hurt.
It is the difference between putting 50p on a roulette wheel and £50,000.
He hits it right on the nail there.
 

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I remember reading an Autosport Plus article on the safety of F1 and they predicted there would be another death in the sport because even with the cars being pegged back a little they still drive bloody fast, just another reminder that no matter how "safe" they reckon motorsport is getting it will always be dangerous!

Bianchi's accident was unfortunate and he was just the wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time!
 

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When I heard about Jules had passed I was a bit sadden by it, because F1 has never had a death since Senna died, poor weather conditions, poor decision whatever it might of been FIA need to look in to this to really to stop these things happening EVER again! although F1 will always be a Dangerous sport, not blaming anyone but the weather was sooo bad that day why let anyone go out for starters? light rain isn't so bad.