FIA spokesman: Jules Bianchi in “serious but stable condition”

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An FIA spokesman has told the Associated Press that Marussia driver Jules Bianchi is in a “serious but stable condition” at this time after suffering a severe head injury in a crash during Saturday night’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Bianchi is currently being treated at Mie General Hospital and has already undergone surgery.

Today’s update comes with the consent of Bianchi’s parents, who have made their way to Japan to see their son.

“Bianchi is in a serious but stable condition,” FIA spokesman Matteo Bonciani said to the AP. “That’s all I can say, and I’m doing this update on Jules’ parents’ behalf.”

The AP also reports Bonciani saying that Gerard Saillant, who oversaw treatment for Michael Schumacher while he was in a coma following his skiing accident last winter, has also flown to Japan with Bianchi’s agent, Nicolas Todt.

Earlier today, Marussia said that any communication regarding Bianchi’s state on their end will be made with respect to Bianchi’s family and in conjunction with the hospital.

Shortly after Adrian Sutil crashed in Turn 7 at Suzuka during Saturday’s race, Bianchi lost control and went off-course in the same area before hitting the recovery vehicle that was trying to remove Sutil’s car.

Because of poor weather conditions stemming from Typhoon Phanfone, an unconscious Bianchi was taken to the hospital via ambulance instead of being airlifted.

The crash, along with worsening conditions and a lack of remaining daylight, led to the race ending shy of the scheduled 53-lap distance.