Jules Bianchi (bee-AN-key; born 3 August 1989 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France - died 17 July 2015 in Nice) was a motor racing driver who drove for the Marussia team. He previously tested for both Ferrari and Force India, and was a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy.
He drove the No. 17 car, a number he didn't apply for as his three choices were allocated before Bianchi's number was decided.
Bianchi finished 9th in the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix and scored the first points for both himself and Marussia despite a 5-second time penalty which pushed him down a place. Pascal Wehrlein has since also scored points for the team.
At the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, Bianchi aquaplaned off the track at the Dunlop Curve, colliding with the crane that at the time was tending to Adrian Sutil's car. Bianchi somehow survived the incident which tore the roll box off the car, however, he suffered significant head injuries and brain damage in the process. A similar crash happened 20 years earlier at the same circuit, with Martin Brundle destroying his McLaren and hit and injured a track marshall, who suffered a broken leg. He exited his coma in mid-November. He died in early hours of the morning of 17 July 2015.
Formula One career
Ferrari test driver
2012 and beyond
Force India test driver
Bianchi replaced Luis Razia after Razia's contract got terminated. In the meantime, Bianchi gridded P19 in his debut, out-qualified teammate Max Chilton. He even overtook Pastor Maldonado and Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap and finished P15. Once again, Bianchi was gridded P19 just less than a second away for Q2. He fell behind by the Caterham. But in the race, he was able to beat Chilton and the Caterham team, so he finished P13. On the Hungarian Grand Prix, Bianchi beat Chilton again on all qualifying sessions. But on the Japanese Grand Prix, Bianchi and Charles Pic were given 10 place grid penalties for receiving three reprimands over the season and his race ended with a collision on Giedo van der Garde.
Bianchi raced again in the Marussia car, but this time in the number 17. He struggled at the Australian Grand Prix where he was not classified. In Monaco Grand Prix, Bianchi scored his first points in career despite of his 5 second time penalty that caused him to lose 1 place. He and teammate Max Chilton were battling for the best Marussia racer, Bianchi was the quickest driver than Chilton. However, Bianchi retired 3 more times than Chilton. Prior to the Suzuka accident, Bianchi should be prepared for Scuderia in place of Fernando Alonso. After the Suzuka accident, Bianchi would be out for the rest of the season because of the injuries he suffered.
On lap 43, Bianchi lost control of his Marussia as he exited the Dunlop Curve, turn 8, and aquaplaned off the track at high speed. However, as Adrian Sutil had spun off in similar circumstances the lap before, the crane used to pick up cars stuck in the gravel was in the run-off area. Bianchi hit the crane, at a speed of 78 mph (126 km/h) causing an impact of 50 g. The roll bar was completely ripped off the car, and the engine and exhaust systems were visible. Bianchi, lucky to survive at all, was rendered unconscious, unresponsive to radio calls and the nearby marshals. Once the severity of the situation became clear, the race was stopped.
Transported by ambulance to the circuit's medical centre, it was determined that Bianchi would have to take another ambulance journey under police escort to Mie General Medical Center, which was under ten miles (sixteen kilometres) away from the circuit. The ambulance was chosen over the medical helicopter after it was felt that flying in the weather conditions was unsafe.
Once at the hospital, Bianchi underwent a CT scan which diagnosed a severe head injury. Bianchi's father also reported that he had heavy bruising. He was immediately operated on and was later transferred to the intensive care unit. It was reported that Bianchi was breathing unaided, but this was later found to not be the case.
The FIA released an official statement while Bianchi was being operated on. On Monday morning, Marussia released a statement (with Ferrari) asking fans for patience on the issue. An update from the FIA medical chief was given out during lunchtime (European time), stating Bianchi was in a critical condition but stable. On 7 October, Bianchi's parents released a statement, stating that he had suffered a diffuse axonal injury, which is a common yet devastating type of brain injury. He was reported to still be in a critical yet stable position.
At the Russian Grand Prix, Marussia left Bianchi's car empty. The drivers paid homage to Bianchi, and a short silence was honoured. Following the race, an additional statement was released on 14 October, which stated that Bianchi's situation had not changed and that the demonstrations of support were of enormous comfort to Bianchi's friends and family. A new statement was released on 30 October, in which his condition was still classified as "critical but stable".
An update on 19 November confirmed that Bianchi had emerged from his coma, was breathing unaided and had being transferred to the Le Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice (CHU) in Nice, France. A new statement on 30 December stated that while Bianchi was improving, progress was slow.
In an interview given to news radio France Info on the 13 of July (4 days before his death), Philippe Bianchi, Bianchi's father, stated that Jules had shown "no significant progress" in the nine months following the accident.
FIA Accident Panel investigation
The FIA Accident Panel was put together on 20 October and was composed of ten people, including former team principals Ross Brawn and Stefano Domenicali, GPDA chairman Alex Wurz and two-time World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi.
After studying the crash, the panel released a 396-page report on 3 December. They made eleven conclusions and seven recommendations.
They stated that while the marshals had been responding correctly to Sutil's accident, a combination of factors, including that a river of water was running across the track, that Bianchi had been going too fast, that he over-controlled the car and that a failsafe to help slow the car not been activated all contributed to the accident. The report concluded that there was little point in trying to make an impact between a car and a heavy object safer, but rather focus on preventing such occasions from ever being an issue.
|FIA: Note to the media regarding Jules Bianchi (source)|
5 October 2014, 14:02 UTC
On lap 42, Adrian Sutil lost control of his car, spun and hit the tyre barrier on the outside of Turn 7. The marshals displayed double waved yellow flags before the corner to warn drivers of the incident. A recovery vehicle was despatched in order to lift the car and take it to a place of safety behind the guardrail. While this was being done the driver of car 17, Jules Bianchi, lost control of his car, travelled across the run-off area and hit the back of the tractor.
Once the marshals reported that the driver was injured, medical teams were despatched and the Safety Car was deployed. These were followed by an extrication team and an ambulance.
The driver was removed from the car, taken to the circuit medical centre and then by ambulance to Mie General Hospital.
The CT scan shows that he has suffered a severe head injury and he is currently undergoing surgery. Following this he will be moved to intensive care where he will be monitored.
Mie General Hospital will issue an update as soon as further information becomes available.
|Statement by Marussia (source)|
Following the accident involving Jules Bianchi during yesterday's 2014 Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit, the Marussia F1 Team would like to acknowledge the huge outpouring of support and affection for Jules and the Team at this very difficult time.
With regard to the communication of information concerning Jules' medical condition, we will respect, and be guided by, the wishes of the Bianchi family. Together with Jules' care, they will remain our highest priority. Therefore, we would ask for patience and understanding with regard to further medical updates, which will be communicated in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, where Jules is being treated, when they feel it is appropriate.
Representatives of the Marussia F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari will remain at the hospital to support Jules and the Bianchi family.
|Statement by his family (source)|
The following statement is provided by the family of Jules Bianchi, in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center, and is distributed on their behalf by the Marussia F1 Team.
"This is a very difficult time for our family, but the messages of support and affection for Jules from all over the world have been a source of great comfort to us. We would like to express our sincere appreciation.
Jules remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi. He has suffered a diffuse axonal injury and is in a critical but stable condition. The medical professionals at the hospital are providing the very best treatment and care and we are grateful for everything they have done for Jules since his accident.
We are also grateful for the presence of Professor Gerard Saillant, President of the FIA Medical Commission, and Professor Alessandro Frati, Neurosurgeon of the University of Rome La Sapienza, who has travelled to Japan at the request of Scuderia Ferrari. They arrived at the hospital today and met with the medical personnel responsible for Jules' treatment, in order to be fully informed of his clinical status so that they are able to advise the family. Professors Saillant and Frati acknowledge the excellent care being provided by the Mie General Medical Center and would like to thank their Japanese colleagues.
The hospital will continue to monitor and treat Jules and further medical updates will be provided when appropriate."
|Medical update: 14 October (source)|
At the request of the family of Jules Bianchi, and in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, the Marussia F1 Team is able to provide the following information regarding Jules' medical condition:
The past nine days have been extremely difficult for Jules and his family. As a consequence of the accident at Suzuka, a number of medical challenges have needed to be overcome and the situation remains challenging due to the diffuse axonal traumatic brain injury Jules has sustained.
Jules remains in a critical but stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit of Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi. The Bianchi family continue to be comforted by the thoughts and prayers of Jules' many fans and the motor sport community. In particular, the many demonstrations of support and affection during the course of the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi were of enormous comfort to Jules' parents and the relatives and friends also present at the hospital.
The family will provide further medical updates when appropriate.
|On behalf of his family, an update regarding Jules Bianchi: 30 October (source)|
The family of Jules Bianchi would like to issue the following statement, by way of an update on Jules' medical condition. The Marussia F1 Team is supporting the family by facilitating its communication.
"It will be four weeks this coming Sunday since Jules' accident and he remains in the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi. His condition continues to be classified by the medical professionals here as critical but stable. Although we have no new information to give, we recognise that there are a huge number of people all around the world who are supporting Jules and willing him on in his fight. We owe it to his many fans to acknowledge the continued outpouring of messages, and to provide some information, however brief it may be.
"Jules does indeed continue to fight. Although there have been some reports suggestive of plans for Jules' treatment, at this time his fight will continue here in Yokkaichi. We are taking things step by step.
"Once again, we would like to offer our sincere appreciation for the patience and understanding being shown towards our family at this very difficult time. We also continue to be comforted by the knowledge that Jules is receiving the best possible care at the Mie General Medical Center, with the doctors here remaining in constant contact with the neurosurgeons at the University La Sapienza of Rome, and Professor Gerard Saillant, President of the FIA Medical Commission.
"We will provide a further update when it is appropriate to do so. In the meantime, thank you to everyone who continues to keep Jules in their thoughts and prayers."
|Bianchi family statement: 19 November (source)|
"Jules is no longer in the artificial coma in which he was placed shortly after the accident, however he is still unconscious.
"He is breathing unaided and his vital signs are stable, but his condition is still classified as 'critical'. His treatment now enters a new phase concerned with the improvement of his brain function.
"Jules' neurological condition remains stable. Although the situation continues to be serious, and may remain so, it was decided that Jules was sufficiently stable to be repatriated to his native France. We are relieved, therefore, to confirm that Jules was transferred aeromedically last night from the Mie Prefectural General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, Japan, to Le Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice (CHU), where he arrived just a short time ago. Jules is now in the intensive care unit of Professors Raucoules and Ichai, where his care will also be monitored by Professor Paquis, Head of Neurosurgery Service.
"We are thankful that the next phase of Jules' treatment can continue close to home, where he can be surrounded and supported by his wider family and friends.
"We have nothing but praise for the outstanding care provided by the Mie Prefectural General Medical Center since the accident. We owe the medical staff there an enormous debt of gratitude for everything they have done for Jules, and also for our family, during what is a very difficult time for us. In particular, we would like to extend our thanks to Doctors Kamei and Yamamichi, and also to Mr Ogura, all part of the team of personnel caring for Jules in Japan."
|A Statement from the Bianchi Family: 30 December 2014 (source)|
"As we reach the conclusion of a difficult year for our family, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide a further update regarding Jules' medical situation, per our pledge to communicate continued information, when appropriate, to his many fans.
"It was a significant and very comforting step for us to be able to bring Jules home to France last month, to continue his rehabilitation surrounded by his family and friends. This is very important for Jules and also for us.
"Since that time, Jules has received the very best treatment in the Intensive Care Unit of Le Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice (CHU) and now at the CHU's rehabilitation centre for this kind of trauma.
"Jules' neurological status remains unchanged; he is unconscious but able to breathe unaided. Whilst there is no significant information to report, we take a great deal of comfort from the fact that Jules continues to fight, as we knew he would, and this has enabled the medical professionals caring for him to commence the planned, but very painstaking, programme of rehabilitation therapy.
"As we reflect on the events of the past few months, we would like to acknowledge once again the overwhelming warmth and affection shown towards our son. These continue to be challenging times for our family, but the knowledge that he has touched the lives of so many people all around the world has helped us through.
"We would also like to acknowledge the respect and support shown by the media towards our family during this time, for which we are extremely grateful.
"We will continue to provide information when it is possible to do so and our sincere appreciation to everyone who continues to pray for Jules."
|A Statement from the Bianchi Family: 18 July 2015 (source)|
"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. 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."
Formula One Statistical Overview
F1 Career Record
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|2009 - 2014||Ferrari Driver Academy|
|2009||Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro||Ferrari||Test driver|
|2010||Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro||Ferrari||Test driver|
|2011||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||Test driver|
|2012||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||Test driver|
|Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India-Mercedes|
|2013||Marussia F1 Team||Marussia-Cosworth||0||19th||Report|
|Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India-Mercedes||Test driver|
|2014||Marussia F1 Team||Marussia-Ferrari||2||17th||Report|
|Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||Test driver|
|Complete Formula One Results|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||DNS||Did not start|
|18th†||Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance)||NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)|
|4thP||Qualified for pole position||[+] More Symbols|
Formula One Tests
|2009||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||F60||2009 Young Drivers Test||Circuito de Jerez|
|2010||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||F10||2010 Young Drivers Test||Yas Marina Circuit|
|2011||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||150° Italia||2011 Young Drivers Test||Yas Marina Circuit|
|2012||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India-Mercedes||VJM05||2012 Jerez Test 1||Circuito de Jerez|
|2012||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India-Mercedes||VJM05||2012 Mugello Test 1||Mugello Circuit|
|2012||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||F2012||2012 Magny Cours Young Driver Test||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours|
|Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India-Mercedes||VJM05|
|V T E||Jules Bianchi|
2013 • 2014
2013 • 2014
Max Chilton (2013–2014)
|V T E||F1 drivers killed while racing|
|1952: Cameron Earl
1953: Chet Miller
1954: Onofre Marimón
1955: Manny Ayulo
1955: Bill Vukovich
1957: Eugenio Castellotti
1957: Keith Andrews
1958: Pat O'Connor
1958: Luigi Musso
1958: Peter Collins
1958: Stuart Lewis-Evans
|1959: Jerry Unser
1959: Bob Cortner
1960: Chris Bristow
1960: Alan Stacey
1961: Giulio Cabianca
1961: Wolfgang von Trips
1964: Carel Godin de Beaufort
1966: John Taylor
1967: Lorenzo Bandini
1967: Bob Anderson
1968: Jo Schlesser
|1969: Gerhard Mitter
1970: Bruce McLaren
1970: Piers Courage
1970: Jochen Rindt
1971: Ignazio Giunti
1971: Pedro Rodríguez
1971: Jo Siffert
1972: Jo Bonnier
1973: Roger Williamson
1973: François Cevert
1974: Peter Revson
|1974: Helmuth Koinigg|
1975: Mark Donohue
1977: Tom Pryce
1978: Ronnie Peterson
1980: Patrick Depailler
1982: Gilles Villeneuve
1982: Riccardo Paletti
1986: Elio de Angelis
1994: Roland Ratzenberger
1994: Ayrton Senna
2015: Jules Bianchi
|See also: List of fatal accidents|
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