By AMANDA VINCENT
French Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi, 25, passed away at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Nice, France, on Saturday as a result of injuries sustained in a crash Oct. 5, 2014, in the Japanese Grand Prix. Bianchi hit a mobile craine at a high speed and had been in a coma ever since.
“We wish to thank the medical staff at Nice’s CHU who looked after him with love and dedication,” a statement from the family read. “We also thank the staff of the General Medical Center in the Mie Prefecture (Japan) who looked after Jules immediately after the accident, as well as all the other doctors who have been involved with his care over the past months.
“Furthermore, we thank Jules’ colleagues, friends, fans and everyone who has demonstrated their affection for him over these past months, which gave us great strength and helped us deal with such difficult times.”
Bianchi competed in 34 F1 races over the course of the 2013 and 2014 seasons. During that time he scored the first points for Manor (then-Marussia) with a ninth-place finish in the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix.