Bianchi family “hoping for a miracle”
Eight months after suffering devastating head injuries at the 2014 Japanese GP, Jules Bianchi remains in a critical condition
Jules Bianchi’s father, Philippe, has admitted his family are “hoping for a miracle” as the French racer remains unconscious following his crash at last October’s Japanese GP. Bianchi is still in hospital in Nice, having suffered severe head injuries when his car hit a recovery vehicle after he lost control of his Marussia in damp conditions at Suzuka. “While there’s life, there’s hope, even though after a while you are hoping for a miracle,” said Philippe Bianchi. “Every day the phone is by our side. When we get up we think of Jules’ life, but we think also of his death. “We have to think about death because we are in a situation where
we know a lot of things can happen. It’s terrible. In neurological terms, I’m not sure he is able to do much now.”
It was announced last November, six weeks after the crash, that Bianchi had come out of his coma and was breathing unaided. But his condition remains critical and he has never regained consciousness.
“The situation is stagnant,” Philippe Bianchi said. “Jules’ neurological progress is not what we would like it to be. The rst thing is that Jules is alive – that’s the most important thing for us.
“He’s ghting with the weapons that he has. Seeing him ghting gives a lot of hope to his loved ones, and it’s important for us.”
Meanwhile, Michael Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, says that the seven-time world champion is “making progress, given the severity of his head injuries”. Schumacher was critically injured in a skiing accident in December 2013. No other details have been provided about his condition, but Kehm did say that Schumacher faced “a long road to recovery”.