Bianchi left unconscious and taken to hospital after crash at Suzuka

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi was left unconscious following a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix - which had been affected by rain for the majority of the race.

Mark Bryans
by Mark Bryans
5th October 2014

article:5th October 2014

Crash site: Jules Bianchi is attended to by stewards and medics.
Crash site: Jules Bianchi is attended to by stewards and medics.

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi was left unconscious following a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix – which had been affected by rain for the majority of the race.

The Frenchman came off the track in the same place where Sauber's Adrian Sutil had done so on the previous lap and the race was stopped as a result – the second red flag of the afternoon.


FIA media delegate Matteo Bonciani confirmed Bianchi has since been rushed to hospital, with early reports suggesting his Marussia crashed into the digger being utilised to move Sutil's car at turn seven.

"The driver is unconscious," Bonciani said. "He has been sent to hospital by ambulance because the helicopter cannot go in these conditions. Further updates will follow. For the moment, we cannot say anything."

The running of the race had been under threat all week as Typhoon Phanfone approached Japan from the Pacific Ocean and the event had already been red-flagged after just two laps after the race began under safety car conditions.

The race continued after the weather cleared up but the rain began to fall in the closing stages ahead of both Sutil and Bianchi's accidents.


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