FIA creates accident panel to investigate Jules Bianchi crash


The FIA has announced this afternoon that it has created an accident panel to look into Jules Bianchi’s devastating crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

According to the FIA’s statement, the panel will “carry out a full review of the accident to gain a better understanding of what happened, and will propose new measures to reinforce safety at circuits, with recommendations to be made for the FIA President.”

It goes on to say that the panel will begin investigating this week and present its findings during the next World Motor Sport Council meeting on Dec. 3 in Qatar.

Among the members of the panel are former F1 team principals Ross Brawn and Stefano Domenicali, two-time World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, and Grand Prix Drivers Association president Alex Wurz.

At last official update, Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition at a Japanese hospital after running off course and hitting a recovery vehicle during the Oct. 5 race at Suzuka Circuit.

The full panel is listed as follows:


Peter Wright, President of the Safety Commission


Ross Brawn, former Team Principal of Mercedes F1 Team, Brawn Grand Prix  and former Technical Director of Scuderia Ferrari

Stefano Domenicali, former Team Principal of Scuderia Ferrari

Gerd Ennser, Chief Stewards’ representative

Emerson Fittipaldi, President of the FIA Drivers’ Commission, F1 Steward

Eduardo de Freitas, WEC Race Director

Roger Peart, President of the Circuits Commission, President of the ASN of Canada, F1 Steward

Antonio Rigozzi, Advocate, Judge at the International Court of Appeal of the FIA co-opted by the teams

Gérard Saillant, President of the FIA Institute and President of the Medical Commission

Alex Wurz, President of the GPDA, drivers’ representative

During the most recent Grand Prix weekend in Russia, FIA race director Charlie Whiting said that his organization would meet with teams to discuss possible ideas on safety.