Marussia F1 Team Gives Bianchi Update: "Situation Remains Challenging".
Marussia F1 driver Jules Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition, with his team describing the situation as "challenging".
The 25-year-old suffered a diffuse axonal injury to his brain at the rain-affected Japanese Grand Prix earlier this month when his car collided with a recovery vehicle that was attending to Adrian Sutil's prior crash at the same corner.
The accident forced the race to be stopped and Frenchman Bianchi subsequently underwent emergency surgery after being transported unconscious to hospital, where he has been in intensive care since.
Bianchi's father was quoted earlier on Tuesday as saying his son would not "give up", before the team released a statement on behalf of the family.
"The past nine days have been extremely difficult for Jules and his family," it read.
"As a consequence of the accident at Suzuka, a number of medical challenges have needed to be overcome and the situation remains challenging due to the diffuse axonal traumatic brain injury Jules has sustained."
"Jules remains in a critical but stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit of Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi."
"The Bianchi family continue to be comforted by the thoughts and prayers of Jules' many fans and the motor sport community. In particular, the many demonstrations of support and affection during the course of the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi were of enormous comfort to Jules' parents and the relatives and friends also present at the hospital."
"The family will provide further medical updates when appropriate."
Marussia chose to run only one car at last weekend's Russian Grand Prix, as a mark of respect to Bianchi.
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Jules Bianchi (born 3 August 1989) is a French racing driver who currently drives for the Marussia F1 team.
He made his Formula One debut in 2013, driving for Marussia alongside Max Chilton.
He previously raced in Formula Renault 3.5, the GP2 Series and Formula Three.
Bianchi entered Formula One as a test driver in 2011 at Ferrari, and carried out a similar role for Force India the following season.
In 2013, he made his debut driving for Marussia; finishing 15th in his opening race in Australia.
He ended the season in 19th position, but failed to score any points.
His best result in his debut season was 13th at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
In October 2013, the team confirmed that he would drive for the team the following season.
In the 2014 season, he scored both his, and his team's, first points in Formula One at the Monaco Grand Prix.
He suffered severe head injuries in a crash while competing in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on 5 October 2014.
In October 2013, Marussia confirmed that Bianchi would stay at the team for the following season.
After starting off the season with struggles in Australia, in which he was not classified, Bianchi overcame the odds to score his – and his team's – first World Championship points by finishing ninth at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Out of the nine races which Bianchi and Max Chilton have completed without retiring, during the 2014 season so far, he has been the quicker driver in 8 of them, establishing his status as the first driver.
Chilton has retired twice, and Bianchi 5 times, with 4 of Bianchi's retirements being mechanical failures.
The Monday after the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, in which Bianchi suffered severe head injuries, then outgoing Ferrari President, Luca di Montezemolo, disclosed to the media that Bianchi was poised to be the third Ferrari F1 driver in 2015 in the event that the sport moved to three car teams as widely speculated at the time.
At the inaugural 2014 Russian Grand Prix on 12 October 2014, in place of the hospitalized Bianchi, Marussia F1 Team originally registered in the participant list the American debutant, Alexander Rossi, before finally deciding to field a single car driven by Bianchi's team-mate, Max Chilton.
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