F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has called for an independent enquiry into Jules Bianchi’s crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.
The Frenchman hit a recovery vehicle at turn 7 which was deployed to pick up the wrecked Sauber of Adrian Sutil, who had crashed at the same spot a lap ago.
After a visit to circuit’s medical centre, Bianchi was transferred to a hospital where his condition remains critical but stable, according to latest official reports.
"It's difficult for me to say what happened and it will be for an inquiry to find out exactly what did go on," Ecclestone told the Times. "We have done so much for safety. These days, you see an accident on the track and the driver undoes his safety belt, flips off his steering wheel and jumps out unharmed.
"I have always said that if I was going to have an accident, it would be in a Formula One car because they are the safest in the world.”
"But things happen and we have to find out the cause. This happened to a young man who is very close to us all and that has caused a terrible shock for everyone. Our thoughts are with him and his family."