French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi remains unconscious but has begun a program of rehabilitation therapy, his family said in a statement on Tuesday.

Bianchi, who suffered serious head injury when he crashed into a recovery tractor in the wet at the Japanese Grand Prix on October 5, was repatriated to France and transferred to a hospital in Nice last month.

“It was a significant and very comforting step for us to be able to bring Jules home to France last month, to continue his rehabilitation surrounded by his family and friends. This is very important for Jules and also for us,” the statement said.

Bianchi has been treated in the Intensive Care Unit of Le Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice (CHU) and is now at the CHU’s rehabilitation center.

“Jules’ neurological status remains unchanged; he is unconscious but able to breathe unaided,” the family added.

“Whilst there is no significant information to report, we take a great deal of comfort from the fact that Jules continues to fight, as we knew he would.”

An International Automobile Federation (FIA) accident panel report released earlier this month found that Bianchi did not slow sufficiently under waved double-yellow warning flags before crashing.

The report found that Bianchi’s car hit the crane at 126kph and said medical services were not at fault in their handling of the accident’s aftermath.

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Blaž Štremfelj

Journalist at MotorsportM8
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