Injured Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi will continue to fight for survival, his distraught father Philippe has told the media in the latest family statement on the Marussia driver’s condition.
The Frenchman has been kept in a critical but stable condition at the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi since his sickening collision with a recovery vehicle just over a week ago at the Japanese Grand Prix.
“He will succeed in the most important qualifying lap of his life. He won’t give up, I’m sure of that.”
– Philippe Bianchi
Speaking with the Italian-language Gazzetta dello Sport, Bianchi Sr paid tribute to his son’s fighting spirit and the outpuring of support he has received from the motorsport community worldwide.
“I’ve never seen anything like that. It touched us very deeply. We thank every one of them. So many of them have been in touch, written to me; [Fernando] Alonso, [Jean-Eric] Vergne, [Felipe] Massa have given strong messages,” he said.
“[Lewis] Hamilton wrote me a beautiful email in which he says that if there is anything he can do, he’s there.”
Bianchi confirmed that his son’s condition remained on a knife-edge, and he had little news to report in terms of any progress in his condition.
“The situation is desperate,” he said. “Every time the telephone goes, we know it could be the hospital to tell us that Jules is dead. But initially they said that the first 24 hours were crucial. Then it became the first 72 hours and here we are still with Jules, who is fighting.
“He will succeed in the most important qualifying lap of his life. He won’t give up, I’m sure of that.
“I can see it. I believe it. I speak to him. I know he can hear me. His doctors have told us that this is already a miracle, no one has ever survived such a serious accident. But Jules won’t give-up. His trainer Andrea says that if there is one person who can make it happen, with his will, it’s Jules.”
His father said he was unable to give any further details on his son’s condition beyond updates which had previously been provided.
“I kept wondering, like everyone else ‘Why don’t they tell us more about how he is?’. But now I’m in the same position I understand. Everyone keeps asking me how Jules is but I can’t reply, there is no answer. It’s very serious, but he’s stable.
“One day he seems a bit better, other days a bit worse. The doctors don’t say. The damage from the accident is very bad but we don’t know how it will evolve.
“Even with [Michael] Schumacher it took months to come out of the coma. [FIA president] Jean Todt said he hopes Michael will one day be able to have a normal life. One day I hope we can say the same about Jules.
“It’s tough. In a week the life of this family has been destroyed. What are we doing here? Living a nightmare in a place very far from home.
“But when Jules gets a bit better we can transfer him, maybe to Tokyo and things will be a bit easier. But who knows when that will happen. If it will happen. We have no certainties, we just have to wait.”
The Bianchi family continues to be supported in Japan by his manager, Nicolas Todt and Marussia team principal John Booth, along with representatives of Ferrari, with whom Bianchi has served as an Academy driver.
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