French Formula One driver dies after prolonged coma

Jules Bianchi dies as a result of severe head injuries sustained after accident during last year's Japanese Grand Prix.

    Bianchi had been in a coma since the accident at Suzuka last October [AP]
    Bianchi had been in a coma since the accident at Suzuka last October [AP]

    French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi has died as a result of severe head injuries sustained after an accident last year at the Japanese Grand Prix.

    Bianchi, 25, passed away on Saturday at a hospital in Nice, near his parents' home in the south of France.

    In a statement, his family said: "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."

    Bianchi had been in a coma since the accident at Suzuka last October.

    In wet conditions and fading light, his Marussia slammed into a recovery tractor trying to remove another crashed vehicle.

    The race was stopped and he was then extracted from the vehicle unconscious and taken to a nearby hospital.

    Bianchi, who was also contracted to Ferrari, was the first driver since Brazilian triple world champion Ayrton Senna died following a crash in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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