Tokyo: The father of Jules Bianchi claims his family are currently “living a nightmare”, but insists his son “will not give up” his fight for life.

Jules Bianchi’s brother Tom (left), mother Christine, sister Melanie and father Philippe (right) at the Mie General Medical Centre in Yokkaichi

In the wake of Bianchi’s horrific accident during the Japanese GP on October 5, Philippe Bianchi has revealed Jules’ situation is “desperate" and it is “a miracle" he is still alive. Marussia driver Bianchi (25) suffered a diffuse axonal injury to his brain, where the damage is more widespread, following a crash into a recovery vehicle at Suzuka.

Jules Bianchi

Upon his arrival at the Mie General Medical Centre in Yokkaichi, the Frenchman underwent immediate surgery, but remains in a critical condition. Philippe, along with Bianchi’s mother Christine, brother Tom and sister Melanie have since maintained a constant bedside vigil. Speaking for the first time since the accident, Philippe said: “The situation is desperate. Each time the phone goes, we know it could be the hospital to say Jules is dead. He won’t give up, I’m sure of that. I can see it. I believe it.”

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Philippe added: “I speak to him. I know he can hear me.”