Section: Jules Bianchi

F1: Bianchi begins rehabilitation therapy

Jules Bianchi’s condition remains unchanged but he has begun rehabilitation therapy, according to the latest statement from his family.

Bianchi’s parents Philippe and Christine said there is no new information to report on the Frenchman’s condition following his crash at the Japanese Grand Prix, which left him with a serious brain injury. Bianchi was transferred to a French hospital last month and continues to breath unaided, though he remains unconscious.

“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,” the statement said. “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.”

The family thanked fans across the world for the support they have shown since Bianchi’s accident.

“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.”

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F1: Jules Bianchi ‘did not slow sufficiently’ before crash – FIA report

Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi did not slow down sufficiently to avoid losing control when he crashed at the Japanese GP, an FIA accident report has found.

Marussia driver Bianchi, 25, suffered severe head injuries when he crashed into a recovery vehicle in wet conditions at Suzuka in October.

He is no longer in an artificial coma and is breathing unaided, but remains unconscious in hospital in Nice.

The FIA say he hit the 6,500kg crane at a speed of 126kph (78mph).

Bianchi suffered a diffuse axonal head injury when he crashed into a recovery vehicle at Suzuka that was removing Adrian Sutil’s Sauber car from the circuit.

After a review of all the evidence, a 10-man Accident Panel appointed by the FIA issued a 396-page report on their findings.

One of the conclusions was that “Bianchi did not slow sufficiently to avoid losing control at the same point on the track as Sutil”.

In the days following the accident, Marussia said they were “shocked and angered” by reports from some media outlets that suggest Bianchi did not slow down under caution flags.

They also denied claims they told Bianchi to go faster during the caution period to keep a rival behind.

Marussia have since ceased trading with all staff made redundant after they failed to secure funding to compete next season.

The report added: “During the two seconds Bianchi’s car was leaving the track and traversing the run-off area, he applied both throttle and brake together, using both feet.

“The Failsafe algorithm is designed to over-ride the throttle and cut the engine, but was inhibited by the torque coordinator, which controls the rear brake-by-wire system.

“Bianchi’s Marussia has a unique design of BBW, which proved to be incompatible with the Failsafe settings.

“The fact that the Failsafe did not disqualify the engine torque requested by the driver may have affected the impact velocity; it has not been possible to reliably quantify this.

“However, it may be that Bianchi was distracted by what was happening and the fact that his front wheels had locked, and been unable to steer the car such that it missed the crane.”

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