Bianchi to sit out FP2 after crash in Japan

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Jules Bianchi is OK after his accident in Free Practice 1 in Suzuka – his Marussia, however, was not.

The Frenchman’s chassis is too damaged to repair in time to run in Free Practice 2, so he’ll have to sit out the second 90-minute practice session for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.

He crashed in FP1 when he tried to correct a slide at Degner 2; his arm got stuck on the left side of the cockpit while trying to save it and he hit the barrier, damaging his left side of the car.

A team statement read: “As a consequence of Jules Bianchi’s accident in this morning’s Free Practice 1 session, his allocated chassis MR02-02 has sustained damage that is repairable but not in sufficient time for him to take part in Free Practice 2. Jules will therefore sit out this afternoon’s session. The spare chassis will be built up in time for Jules to resume running in Free Practice 3 on Saturday morning.”

Suzuka was one of only a handful of tracks where Bianchi didn’t run as a third driver for Force India in 2012, so this costs the rookie valuable track time to learn one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar.