F1 driver Jules Bianchi critical but stable after Japanese GP crash
Suzuka: Jules Bianchi is in a "critical but stable" condition following his accident at Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.
Jules Bianchi's Marussia is seen before his crash at the Suzuka Circuit on Sunday. Pic/Getty Images
The Marussia driver was left requiring surgery on a severe head injury after his car ploughed into the back of a tractor which had been rescuing the stricken Sauber of Adrian Sutil, who had spun off the Suzuka circuit on the previous lap.
An ambulance was sent to the scene immediately after Bianchi's crash, which had knocked him unconscious, and the 25-year-old Frenchman was taken to the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi.
A spokesperson for the FIA, F1's governing body, said yesterday that Bianchi's condition was "critical but stable" and it is understood his family will finally see him today after being delayed in getting to him due to Typhoon Phanfone.
Team asks for patience
Earlier on Monday, Marussia issued a statement giving thanks for the support Bianchi had received. They also asked for "patience and understanding" with regard to further medical updates after an initial one was released by the FIA on Sunday confirming the driver suffered "a severe head injury" and was to undergo surgery before being moved to intensive care.