Jules Bianchi: A Champion By Heart
Friday, 17th July 2015, marked a very dark day in the history of F1 racing. This day marked the passing away of Jules Bianchi, the French motor racing driver who drove for Marussia F1 at the FIA Formula One World Championship. The 25-year old passed away owing to the injuries he had sustained during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. He had sustained several injuries on his head when his Marussia impacted against a recovery vehicle in extremely wet conditions at Suzuka, where visibility was also poor. He was admitted to a speciality hospital in Niece, France and was in a coma, but he lost the battle for his life in the wee hours of June 17th.
Spectators’ video footage and photos of the accident showed that the left side of Bianchi’s Marussia car was greatly damaged, and the roll bar was destroyed as it slid under the tractor crane. The force was such that the tractor crane was partly jolted off the ground causing Sutil’s Sauber, which was hung in the air by the crane, to fall back on the ground. The race was discontinued, and Lewis Hamilton was announced the winner.
Jules Bianchi was shifted to a French hospital near his family home in November, seven weeks after his disastrous crash in Japan.
At the time, it was stated that he was no longer in an induced coma and was recuperating unaided.
But, following a number of bleak possibilities regarding his health – most distinctly on Monday from his father Philippe – it was declared in a statement released shortly before 2 am on Saturday morning that Bianchi had tragically succumbed to his injuries.
Jules Bianchi, who was a part of Ferrari’s young driver Institute and was tipped to be a future world titleholder, becomes the first driver since the death of Ayrton Senna at the San Marino Grand Prix on May 1, 1994 to submit to injuries sustained at a Formula One race weekend.
About Jules Bianchi
He was a part of Ferrari’s young driver academy, and Bianchi’s skills were highly valued. A former Formula Renault and F3 Euro champion, he examined with the Italian team, as well as Force India and Marussia. He was also a racing champ in the GP2 Series before advancing to the F1 grid in 2013. The highlight of his Formula One career came at last year’s Monaco Grand Prix, where Bianchi tallied his and the fledgling Marussia team’s first championship points with a hard-fought ninth-place finish. According to reports, Bianchi was being prepped by Ferrari to replace Kimi Raikkonen shortly, but sadly destiny had some other plans.
Motorsport racing is all about the exhilarating thrill and challenging the ways of physics. But, as we know, with speed comes risks. Since the death of Ayrton Senna, Formula One Racing was developed exponentially to prevent any such mishappenings.
World champion Lewis Hamilton and several of Bianchi’s associates joined family and friends at a service in the city’s church while fans gathered outside. His car number, 17, is being retired from F1 in his honour.
Rest in Peace, Jules Bianchi.