On the anniversary of Jules Bianchi's first points finish in Formula One and for his team known at the time as Marussia, Philippe Bianchi, Jules' father has spoken publicly regarding his sons condition and the progress so far.
Bianchi suffered a horrific accident at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, losing control in torrential rain resulting in a head on collision with a tractor on track recovering Adrian Sutil’s retired Sauber. Bianchi hit tractor with such force that himself and the car went underneath, and through to the other side of the trackside recovery vehicle. The Frenchman was taken to Yokkaichi hospital, where he was treated for two months before being transferred to his hometown of Nice in the south of France and has remained there since.
Speaking to French television station Canal+ Philippe Bianchi said “The first thing is Jules is alive, that’s the most important thing for us,
“He’s fighting with the weapons he has, but in neurological terms I’m not sure he is able to do much now.
“Seeing him fighting gives a lot of hope to his loved ones, and it’s important for us. I think we all stopped living that day, the fifth of October.
“It’s something you can never expect. It’s not what Jules wants, being in a hospital bed. It’s not his life, it’s not what we want either. But we have to keep hope.
“While there is life, there is hope, even though after a while you are hoping for a miracle. Every day is difficult. The situation is stagnant. Jules’ neurological progress is not what we would like it to be.
“When we get up every morning we think of Jules’ life, we think also of his death. We have to think about death because we are in a situation where we know a lot of things can happen. It’s terrible.
“It was Jules’ dream to score points in Formula 1, and he did it with Marussia,
“I was there, and I was lucky enough when Jules finished the grand prix that I was the first person he took into his arms because I was on my own when he finished. Those are incredible moments.
“Jules is here, despite the shock [accident] he had. He’s still here and he’s fighting. All of these people thinking about him gives Jules strength. He can feel it and it’s beautiful. We’re very touched by it.”
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