France’s Jules Bianchi underwent surgery with a “severe head injury” after crashing in the closing stages of Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.
The 25-year-old’s Marussia collided with a recovery vehicle after Germany’s Adrian Sutil had skidded into a wall on lap 43 at Suzuka.
Treated at the scene of the accident, Bianchi was taken to intensive care and immediately underwent surgery with reports suggesting that his condition is critical.
Officials eventually red-flagged the race on lap 46, meaning Britain’s Lewis Hamilton prevailed over Nico Rosberg with Sebastian Vettel completing the podium.
The Mercedes driver, who told journalists he was very concerned about Bianchi, now leads the overall standings with 266 points, 10 above Rosberg while Daniel Ricciardo is currently lying in third place.