Patience needed after Jules Bianchi horror crash

Jules Bianchi prior to yesterday's race

Jules Bianchi prior to yesterday’s race

The Marussia Formula 1 team have asked for “patience and understanding with regard to further medical updates” following Jules Bianchi’s horror crash at the Japanese GP.

The Frenchman had surgery on Sunday after suffering a severe head injury when his car hit a recovery vehicle. Bianchi, 25, was unconscious when taken to hospital.

"Marussia would like to acknowledge the huge outpouring of affection and support for Jules," the team said in a statement.

"Further medical updates will be communicated in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, where Jules is being treated, when they feel it is appropriate.

"Representatives of the Marussia F1 Team and Ferrari will remain at the hospital to support Jules and the Bianchi family."

Bianchi's lost control close to where Sauber driver Adrian Sutil had spun and hit the tyre barrier. 

As a recovery vehicle was lifting Sutil's car, Bianchi travelled across the run-off area and hit the back of the tractor.

Sky Sports reports suggested Bianchi is not breathing unaided and is "fighting for his life" after the incident. 

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