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F1: Jules Bianchi's family land in Japan to be at his bedside after crash

Yokkaichi: The parents of F1 driver Jules Bianchi arrived at his bedside in Japan yesterday where he is in a critical but stable condition after one of the sport's worst crashes in nearly two decades.

FIA F1 head of communications and media delegate Matteo Bonciani answers questions from journalists at the Mie General Medical Centre in Yokkaichi yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
FIA F1 head of communications and media delegate Matteo Bonciani answers questions from journalists at the Mie General Medical Centre in Yokkaichi yesterday. Pic/Getty Images 

Philippe and Christine Bianchi entered the hospital without speaking to journalists, as a row brewed in the rarefied world of F1 over why race organisers had pressed ahead with their planned 3pm start time when such heavy rain was expected.

The young French driver careened out of control on a rain-sodden circuit at Suzuka on Sunday, smashing into a recovery vehicle near the end of the Japanese GP. The hospital was refusing to comment on the driver's condition, citing patient privacy.

FIA press officer Matteo Bonciani said "It should be understood that it is very, very serious," talking to journalists at the hospital near the Suzuka circuit. Bianchi's parents will meet his medical team on Tuesday morning, Bonciani added.

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