GP2 race winner Jules Bianchi has passed away at the age of 25 as a result of head injuries sustained in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix last October.
The Frenchman’s family released a statement in the early hours of the morning confirming the untimely death of Jules. It read:
“It is with deep sadness that the parents of Jules Bianchi, Philippe and Christine, his brother Tom and sister Mélanie, wish to make it known that Jules passed away last night at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) in Nice, (France) where he was admitted following the accident of 5th October 2014 at Suzuka Circuit during the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix.
“Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end. The pain we feel is immense and indescribable. We wish to thank the medical staff at Nice’s CHU who looked after him with love and dedication. We also thank the staff of the General Medical Center in the Mie Prefecture (Japan) who looked after Jules immediately after the accident, as well as all the other doctors who have been involved with his care over the past months.
“Furthermore, we thank Jules’ colleagues, friends, fans and everyone who has demonstrated their affection for him over these past months, which gave us great strength and helped us deal with such difficult times. Listening to and reading the many messages made us realise just how much Jules had touched the hearts and minds of so many people all over the world.
“We would like to ask that our privacy is respected during this difficult time, while we try to come to terms with the loss of Jules.”
Bianchi suffered head injuries after colliding with a recovery vehicle which was tending to the crashed vehicle of Adrian Sutil and remained in a coma from that time until his untimely death.
GP2 Extra wishes to extend deepest sympathies and most sincere prayers and condolences to the friends and family of Jules Bianchi.