F1 trib­ute to Bianchi

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE num­ber 17 car driven by Jules Bianchi has been re­tired from fu­ture For­mula One cham­pi­onships out of re­spect to the late Marus­sia driver.

Bianchi died on Fri­day, nine months af­ter his dev­as­tat­ing ac­ci­dent at last sea­son’s Ja­panese Grand Prix.

F1’ s rul­ing body the FIA con­firmed his car’s with­drawal on their of­fi­cial web­site.

“As F1 car num­bers are now per­son­ally cho­sen by each driver, the FIA be­lieves it to be an ap­pro­pri­ate ges­ture to re­tire Jules Bianchi’s num­ber 17. As a re­sult, this num­ber can no longer be used for a car com­pet­ing in the FIA For­mula One World Cham­pi­onship,” a FIA state­ment read.

Bianchi, 25, had been fight­ing for his life in a Nice hos­pi­tal. He is the first F1 driver to per­ish from a rac­ing ac­ci­dent since triple world cham­pion Ayr­ton Senna in San Marino in 1994.

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