Jules Bianchi’s father speaks to Italian media; says Jules will keep fighting

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Jules Bianchi’s father, Philippe, has given an interview for the first time since Jules’ serious accident at Suzuka a week ago.

In a long-form interview with the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Philippe Bianchi titled the piece “My Jules will win the title of his life.”

The conversation begins, translated: “There are times that looking at Jules lying in bed, without a scratch, I have to give him a peck on the cheek and say,”Come on get up, what are you doing lying there? Let’s get away from Japan, Jules, we go home.'”

While Philippe Bianchi’s enthusiasm to begin the interview is good to see, he acknowledges it will be a long road ahead.

He compared it to Michael Schumacher’s injuries suffered in late December last year, as Schumacher was placed into a medically induced coma following his skiing accident.

Schumacher has made slow signs of recovery throughout this year and is currently recovering at home.

“It took months before Schumacher came out of the coma. I hope this happens to him as well,” Philippe Bianchi said.

The short version text of the interview is available via the paper’s website, with the fuller report in print itself.