New Delhi: Marussia driver Jules Bianchi is out of surgery and according to reports, the Frenchman is breathing on his own after suffering a severe head injury in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday. The 25-year-old lost control of his car at Suzuka where an earlier incident had occurred, involving Sauber's Adrian Sutil.
Bianchi collided with a recovery vehicle which was removing the damaged Sauber car of Sutil on lap 44. Following the accident, the race was red-flagged and not re-started. On lap 42, Sutil lost control, spun and hit the tyre barrier on the outside of turn 7.
The marshals waved double yellow flags before the corner to warn drivers of the incident. A recovery vehicle was engaged in order to lift the car to a place of safety behind the guard rail. While this was being done, the driver of car 17, Bianchi, lost control of his car, crashed into the back of the tractor.
Formula One's governing body, the FIA said Bianchi was unconscious as he was taken to hospital and was operated on before being moved to intensive care. Later, his father confirmed that the driver suffered from head trauma.
Under the threat of approaching typhoon Phanfone, the first nine laps of the race were run behind a safety car and it started to rain heavily again near the end of the race. At the time of the crash, rain was falling steadily and it was getting dark, with several drivers complained of not being able to see properly.
Born into a family of racing drivers, Bianchi is competing his second season as a F1 driver. He scored a memorable ninth place in Monaco this year, giving the back-of-the grid Marussia team their first points since their debut in 2010.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel. But the drivers on the podium kept the trophy presentation a low key affair.
With agency inputs