London: The FIA has revealed that Marussia driver Jules Bianchi's condition is critical but stable following his crash in the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Frenchman was unconscious when taken to hospital and had an operation on Sunday on a severe head injury. He was injured when his car left the Suzuka track where Adrian Sutil had crashed the lap before.
Bianchi's car hit a recovery vehicle that was removing Sutil's car, The BBC reported.
Marussia had earlier thanked fans for their support and asked for patience and understanding with regard to further medical updates about Bianchi's condition.
The team added that they would like to acknowledge the huge outpouring of affection and support for Bianchi. They also revealed that further medical updates would be communicated in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, where Bianchi is being treated, when they feel it is appropriate.
Bianchi's crash prompted the race to be stopped after 44 laps with Mercedes driver and championship leader Lewis Hamilton being awarded the race victory.
Bianchi, who made his Formula One debut with Marussia in 2013 and is also a member of the Ferrari young driver academy after previously working as a test driver for the team, lost control close to where Sauber driver Sutil had spun and hit the tyre barrier.
As a recovery vehicle was lifting Sutil's car, Bianchi travelled across the run-off area and hit the back of the tractor, the report added.