Bianchi family statement: “Jules continues to fight”


The family of stricken Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi has released a new statement regarding the Frenchman’s health as he continues to remain in hospital following his horror crash during the closing stages of the Japanese Grand Prix in October.

“As we reach the conclusion of a difficult year for our family, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide a further update regarding Jules’ medical situation, per our pledge to communicate continued information, when appropriate, to his many fans,” commenced the statement.

The statement from Jules’ parents Philippe and Christine Bianchi highlighted just how far the Frenchman still has to go in his recovery, although the family insisted it was a comfort to have been able to bring Bianchi back from Japan to be treated in a Nice hospital where his friends and family could be around the former Marussia driver, although he remains in a critical but stable condition.

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,” continued the statement. “This is very important for Jules and also for us. Since that time, Jules has received the very best treatment in the Intensive Care Unit of Le Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice (CHU) and now at the CHU’s rehabilitation centre for this kind of trauma.

“Jules’ neurological status remains unchanged; he is unconscious but able to breathe unaided. 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, and this has enabled the medical professionals caring for him to commence the planned, but very painstaking, programme of rehabilitation therapy.”

The statement concluded by thanking the support the family has received from around the world since that fateful day at Suzuka.

”As we reflect on the events of the past few months, we would like to acknowledge once again the overwhelming warmth and affection shown towards our son,” ended the statement. “These continue to be challenging times for our family, but the knowledge that he has touched the lives of so many people all around the world has helped us through.

“We would also like to acknowledge the respect and support shown by the media towards our family during this time, for which we are extremely grateful. We will continue to provide information when it is possible to do so and our sincere appreciation to everyone who continues to pray for Jules.”