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F1: Jules Bianchi funeral to be held on Tuesday

Paris: The funeral of Jules Bianchi, the French Formula One driver who died after spending nine months in a coma following a crash at last season's Japanese Grand Prix, will be held in his home city of Nice on Tuesday.

Jules Bianchi
Jules Bianchi 

Bianchi, 25, who died on Friday, had been fighting for his life under controlled medical conditions in the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire hospital in Nice, southern France.

He is the first Formula One driver to perish from a racing accident since triple world champion Ayrton Senna in San Marino in 1994. His funeral will be held at 0900 GMT at the Sainte-Reparate cathedral in the old part of Nice city.

Bianchi suffered a traumatic brain injury when his car careered off the rain-drenched Suzuka circuit during the Japanese Grand Prix on October 5 and smashed into a recovery truck at around 200 kilometres (125 miles) an hour. His death ended a promising career that he hoped would see him join the elite ranks of Ferrari.

Other F1 drivers who died during a race

Ayrton Senna - 1994
Fritz Glatz - 2002
Gilles Villeneuve - 1982
Ricardo Rodriguez - 1962
Ronnie Peterson - 1978

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