The Ferrari Owners’ Club
of Great Britain

Jules Bianchi 1989 – 2015

18-07-2015

julesIt is with great sadness that we have to record the death of Jules Bianchi, nine months after his accident during the Japanese Grand Prix last year.  He was a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy and had been placed with the Marussia team to gain F1 experience.

A statement from his family said:

“It is with deep sadness that the parents of Jules Bianchi, Philippe and Christine, his brother Tom and sister Melanie, wish to make it known that Jules passed away last night at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) in Nice, (France) where he was admitted following the accident of 5th October 2014 at Suzuka Circuit during the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix.

“Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end.

“The pain we feel is immense and indescribable.

“We wish to thank the medical staff at Nice’s CHU who looked after him with love and dedication.

“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.

“Listening to and reading the many messages made us realise just how much Jules had touched the hearts and minds of so many people all over the world.

“We would like to ask that our privacy is respected during this difficult time, while we try to come to terms with the loss of Jules.”

Our heartfelt condolences go to Jules’ family and his many friends. The world of motorsport has lost a special person.