The crash that left French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi fighting for his life was down to bad luck, according to a Suzuka track official.
The sport’s governing body, the FIA, has ordered an investigation into the accident, amid claims race organisers exercised poor judgement over the use of safety flags.
But Masamichi Miyazaki, spokesman for Suzuka Circuit says the mishap was simply unfortunate..
“Officials allegedly raised “double yellow flags” after Adrian Sutil’s Sauber went off which means drivers had to slow down, but Bianchi’s car aquaplaned and ran into a recovery vehicle at the accident site, which unfortunately was bad luck,” said Miyazaki
Marussia driver Bianchi, 25, remains critically ill but stable in intensive care with serious head injuries.
The FIA is expected to compile its report before Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.