Following the serious incident in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, in which Marussia driver, Jules Bianchi suffered a severe head injury, his team have this morning asked for “patience” from supporters.
The Marussia team issued the following statement:
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.
The French driver was rushed to hospital following a collision into the recovery vehicle which had been collecting Adrian Sutil’s car. Both cars had aquaplaned in a similar position during the final laps of a wet race. The collision spelled the end of the race, which was won by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, though all drivers were subdued after the race was ended by a serious accident involving one of their colleagues.
It is understood that Bianchi suffered a major head injury in the crash, and had surgery on Sunday.