French Formula One driver Bianchi remains critically ill

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French Formula One driver Bianchi remains critically ill

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French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi remains in a critical condition following a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday that left him with severe head injuries.

The 25-year-old’s British based Marussia team said there has been an overwhelming outpouring of support and affection.

“Conditions, as you can imagine, remain critical. Jules has been well assisted since the very, very beginning,” said Matteo Bonciani, spokesman of the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

Bianchi suffered the injury when he aquaplaned off a wet track and hit the back of a recovery tractor that had been deployed to remove Adrian Sutil’s crashed Sauber.

While racing for a struggling tail-end team, for whom Bianchi scored their first-ever points this season, the Frenchman also has a contract with Ferrari as a test driver.

Highly regarded and a popular figure in the paddock, the Nice-born driver finished an impressive ninth in Monaco last May and was tipped as a talent for the future – possibly with Ferrari.

He is also managed by Nicolas Todt, son of FIA president and former Ferrari principal Jean, whose other drivers include Brazilian Felipe Massa and Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado.