Bianchi still critical but stable, per latest official family/team update

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A little more than a week after his accident in Suzuka, the latest official medical update on Jules Bianchi’s status has been released.

A joint statement released from the Marussia F1 Team and Bianchi’s family, posted Tuesday, reads:

At the request of the family of Jules Bianchi, and in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, the Marussia F1 Team is able to provide the following information regarding Jules’ medical condition:

The past nine days have been extremely difficult for Jules and his family. As a consequence of the accident at Suzuka, a number of medical challenges have needed to be overcome and the situation remains challenging due to the diffuse axonal traumatic brain injury Jules has sustained.

Jules remains in a critical but stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit of Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi. The Bianchi family continue to be comforted by the thoughts and prayers of Jules’ many fans and the motor sport community. In particular, the many demonstrations of support and affection during the course of the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi were of enormous comfort to Jules’ parents and the relatives and friends also present at the hospital.

The family will provide further medical updates when appropriate.

Bianchi’s father, Philippe, has spoken to media for the first time since the accident today as well. Speaking to Italian media, he hopes for Jules’ continued recovery.