Friday, July 17, 2015

Jules Bianchi #17

Tous Avec Jules #17
I have just read on line that Jules Bianchi has passed away. His race car number was 17, and I will continue to wear a small reminder of him on my helmet and my car.

The short story background is that Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi was in a terrible crash during the F1 Grand Prix of Japan last October, and had been in the hospital in a coma ever since. This report states that he has just passed away due to the injuries suffered in that crash.

Jules was a young driver on the Marussia team, and had scored the only points that his team ever scored (finishing in the top 10 of one race) earlier in 2014 at the Monaco race.

In addition to the danger of racing automobiles, remember that driving every car, every day, has the potential of serious injury, so please continue being a safe driver.

A Statement from the Bianchi Family
Nice, France
Saturday 18 July 2015
02.45hrs France │ 01.45hrs UK
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It is with deep sadness that the parents of Jules Bianchi, Philippe and Christine, his brother Tom and sister Mélanie, 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,” said the Bianchi family. “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.”

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