The world of F1 was shaken last October 5th, when a huge accident in Suzuka brought the young F1 promise Jules Bianchi to a coma. The Marussia driver crashed with the crane that was retiring Adrian Sutil's Sauber from the gravel after his accident.
Nine months later, during the night of July 17th, the French driver finally died. Although he started rehabilitation therapy last year, 2 months ago Bianchi's father admitted that their hopes were fading.
Tonight, Jules death was confirmed at 2.45 h with this statement:
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.”
He will always be remembered for the points he scored at the Monaco GP last year with his poor performance car. The Frenchman was also supposed to replace Kimi Räikkönen in The Scuderia in the following years.
"If I don't become a world champion, I'd be happy even if I died trying." RIP JULES.
By Cristina DeLarge