Bianchi fam­ily starts le­gal ac­tion against F1

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The Bianchi fam­ily has be­gun le­gal ac­tion against For­mula 1 or­gan­is­ers, the Marus­sia team and the FIA over what it terms as the “avoid­able death” of Jules Bianchi.

Bianchi sus­tained se­ri­ous head in­juries that even­tu­ally led to his death last July when his Marus­sia col­lided with a re­cov­ery ve­hi­cle in the clos­ing stages of the 2014 Ja­panese Grand Prix.

Fol­low­ing the tragedy, the FIA’S ac­ci­dent panel con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pro­duced a re­port on the ac­ci­dent and the events lead­ing up to it. The race at Suzuka in 2014 was af­fected by the im­pend­ing ar­rival of Ty­phoon Phan­fone, with heavy rain and fad­ing light blight­ing the clos­ing stages.

The panel ruled that Bianchi “did not slow suf­fi­ciently to avoid los­ing con­trol” when he crashed as mar­shals worked to clear Adrian Su­til’s stranded Sauber.

Bianchi’s fam­ily has now launched le­gal ac­tion against For­mula One Man­age­ment, the FIA and the Marus­sia team in an ef­fort to clear Bianchi’s name.

His father Phillipe said: “We seek jus­tice for Jules, and want to es­tab­lish the truth about the de­ci­sions that led to our son’s crash. As a fam­ily, we have so many unan­swered ques­tions and feel that Jules’ ac­ci­dent and death could have been avoided if a se­ries of mis­takes had not been made.”

Ste­warts Law part­ner Ju­lian Cham­ber­layne, who is rep­re­sent­ing the Bianchi fam­ily, added: “Jules Bianchi’s death was avoid­able. The FIA Panel In­quiry Re­port made nu­mer­ous rec­om­men­da­tions to im­prove safety, but failed to iden­tify where er­rors had been made.

“It was sur­pris­ing and dis­tress­ing to the Bianchi fam­ily that the FIA panel in its con­clu­sions, whilst not­ing a num­ber of con­tribut­ing fac­tors, blamed Jules.

“The Bianchi fam­ily are de­ter­mined that this le­gal process should re­quire those in­volved to pro­vide an­swers and to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for any fail­ings. This is im­por­tant if cur­rent and fu­ture driv­ers are to have con­fi­dence that safety in the sport will be put first.”

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