French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi has died from the head injuries he sustained at last year’s Japanese Grand Prix.
The 25-year-old’s family confirmed his death and Bianchi’s official Twitter account also announced the news.
Bianchi collided with a crane that was being used to retrieve another crashed car during the 5 October race.
He had been in a coma since then after suffering serious head injuries.
A statement from the driver’s family said: “Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end.
“The pain we feel is immense and indescribable.”
A tweet from his Manor racing team said: “We are devastated to lose Jules after such a hard-fought battle. It was a privilege to have him race for our team.”
“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,” his family added.
The young driver featured in 34 races over the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
He finished ninth in last year’s Monaco Grand Prix, scoring the first ever points for Manor, then known as Marussia.
Bianchi’s accident made F1 bring in safety changes, including stopping a race more quickly under caution conditions.
Formula One legends have paid tribute, among them Mario Andretti, who tweeted: “My heartfelt condolences to the @Jules_Bianchi family for this very sad ending of a promising young life. My prayers are with you.#RIPJules”.
British driver Max Chilton, who was Bianchi’s teammate last year, tweeted: “No words can describe what his family and the sport have lost. All I can say it was a pleasure knowing and racing you.”
Formula One driver Jenson Button wrote: “Last night we lost a truly great guy and a real fighter #RIPJules my sincerest Condolences to his family and friends.”
Former British racing driver and Sky pundit Martin Brundle tweeted: “RIP Jules Bianchi. It was a pleasure and privilege to have known him in his all too short life. Sad day, condolences to his family + friends.”
Indycar driver Simon Pagenaud wrote: “We will miss you buddy.i m speechless right now, words can’t describe the sadness we all feel at this moment. #RIPJules”.
Dario Franchitti, the four-time Indy Car Series champion and three-time Indy 500 winner, tweeted: “Rest in peace Jules Bianchi. This sport that we love can be very cruel.”
Bianchi is the first driver since Ayrton Senna to die from injuries sustained during a grand prix weekend.
The Brazilian racing legend was killed at Italy’s Imola circuit in May 1994.
Germany’s multiple F1 world champion Michael Schumacher also suffered life-threatening injuries following a skiing accident in December 2013.
His treatment continues at his home near Geneva but details of his condition have been closely guarded by his family.
Culled from: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/f1-driver-bianchi-dies-crash-injuries-020729978.html#L87Gaoo