Update 6 – The Bianchi family has released a statement saying Jules has suffered a “diffuse axonal injury” to the brain and that he is still in a critical but stable condition. “The medical professionals at the hospital are providing the very best treatment and care and we are grateful for everything they have done for Jules since his accident,” they add.
Update 5 – The FIA have issued a statement saying that Bianchi’s condition remains critical, but stable.
Update 4 – Marussia have today released a statement saying they “would like to acknowledge the huge outpouring of support and affection for Jules and the Team at this very difficult time,” and that “we would ask for patience and understanding with regard to further medical updates, which will be communicated in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, where Jules is being treated, when they feel it is appropriate.”
The team add “Representatives of the Marussia F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari will remain at the hospital to support Jules and the Bianchi family.”
Update 3 – The FIA states that the Mie General Hospital where Jules is currently situated, will issue an update as soon as further information becomes available.
Update 2 – An FIA spokesperson has confirmed that CT scans show Jules has suffered from a severe head injury and is currently under surgery. He will later be moved to intensive care.
Update – Jules Bianchi’s father has confirmed to French media that his son has suffered head trauma and is currently being operated on in a critical state.
Marussia driver Jules Bianchi has been taken to hospital, following an incident during the Japanese Grand Prix that saw him collide with a recovery vehicle at the Dunlop Curves, that was getting Adrian Sutil’s Sauber off the circuit, after he crashed at that corner a lap earlier.
Speaking to German media, Sutil says the car hit the recovery vehicle sideways in what was a similar incident to his “but with a different outcome.” The race was then Red Flagged with around ten laps to go.
The FIA have issued a statement saying that Jules was taken to the nearby hospital via Ambulance rather than Helicopter due to the poor weather conditions, unconscious. Other quotes from the drivers suggest that the Marussia driver is in a critical condition, and has been joined by both Graeme Lowden and his manager, along with Ferrari representatives.
The celebrations on the podium after the race were naturally sombre, with the drivers expressing their concern and thoughts for Jules throughout the whole ceremony. We await further news from the FIA on the condition of Jules, but when we get it we will have it here and straight away at twitter.com/f1weekends.