Bianchi fam­ily “hop­ing for a mir­a­cle”

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

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”.

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