Hamilton dedicates Russian GP win to Jules Bianchi

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Lewis Hamilton dedicated his victory in yesterday’s Russian Grand Prix to Marussia driver Jules Bianchi, who continues to fight for his life in hospital in Japan.

Bianchi sustained severe head injuries in an accident towards the end of the Japanese Grand Prix eight days ago, crashing into a recovery vehicle being used to collect Adrian Sutil’s stricken Sauber.

He was then taken to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery before being taken into the intensive care unit. As per the latest update, Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition.

The entire F1 community has been sending its support to Bianchi, his family and his team at this time, with the drivers forming a circle in a mark of respect for their colleague ahead of the race yesterday.

After winning in Sochi, Hamilton took a moment to speak about Bianchi, to whom his victory was dedicated.

“All week there has been just one person on my mind,” Hamilton said. “And that’s Jules.

“Without a doubt every time I’ve got in a car this week, and coming here, and being here, I’ve been thinking about him and his family, keeping him in my prayers.

“Whether it means anything or whether it does anything, it would be great to dedicate this to Jules and his family.

“It will make a very small difference to them, for sure, but every bit of positive energy hopefully will help.”

Marussia opted to field just one car in Russia, but Max Chilton was forced to retire from the race after just nine laps, drawing the curtain on a difficult two-week period for the Anglo-Russian team.