Bianchi remains “critical but stable” but continues to fight, says family

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The family of Jules Bianchi has issued its latest statement confirming that the Frenchman remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital in Japan, almost four weeks on from his accident at Suzuka.

Bianchi crashed into a recovery vehicle being used to collect Adrian Sutil’s Sauber towards the end of the Japanese Grand Prix, suffering a severe head injury that has been diagnosed as a diffuse axonal traumatic brain injury.

Here is the full update issued by the Bianchi family:

“It will be four weeks this coming Sunday since Jules’ accident and he remains in the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi. His condition continues to be classified by the medical professionals here as critical but stable.

“Although we have no new information to give, we recognise that there are a huge number of people all around the world who are supporting Jules and willing him on in his fight.

“We owe it to his many fans to acknowledge the continued outpouring of messages, and to provide some information, however brief it may be.

“Jules does indeed continue to fight. Although there have been some reports suggestive of plans for Jules’ treatment, at this time his fight will continue here in Yokkaichi. We are taking things step by step.

“Once again, we would like to offer our sincere appreciation for the patience and understanding being shown towards our family at this very difficult time. We also continue to be comforted by the knowledge that Jules is receiving the best possible care at the Mie General Medical Center, with the doctors here remaining in constant contact with the neurosurgeons at the University La Sapienza of Rome, and Professor Gerard Saillant, President of the FIA Medical Commission.

“We will provide a further update when it is appropriate to do so. In the meantime, thank you to everyone who continues to keep Jules in their thoughts and prayers.”

The Formula 1 community has sent all of its love and support to the Bianchi family over the past few weeks, and will continue to do so in Austin at the United States Grand Prix this weekend.

Marussia chose not to race Bianchi’s car at the last grand prix in Russia, leaving it ready to run in the garage, waiting for its driver. The team has since entered administration, and will not be racing in the USA this weekend.