Eight months on from his tragic accident at the Japanese Grand Prix, Jules Bianchi’s father Philippe has said that his son’s condition is “stagnant” in a French TV interview.
Speaking to Canal+, Philippe Bianchi expressed his family’s grief and concern about Jules’ condition ahead of this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, the site of his finest hour in F1 for Marussia F1 Team in 2014 when he finished ninth to score his first points in the sport.
Following this epic high, Bianchi was being tipped as a future Ferrari driver and had been poised to join Sauber for the 2015 season.
However, all of these plans were scuppered when he sustained severe head injuries after crashing into a recovery vehicle towards the end of the Japanese Grand Prix. Jules remains in a coma in hospital in Nice, France.
“The first thing is Jules is alive,” Bianchi Sr. told Canal+. “That’s the most important thing for us.
“He’s fighting with the weapons he has, but in neurological terms I’m not sure he is able to do much now. Seeing him fighting gives a lot of hope to his loved ones, and it’s important for us. I think we all stopped living that day, the fifth of October.
“It’s something you can never expect. It’s not what Jules wants, being in a hospital bed. It’s not his life, it’s not what we want either. But we have to keep hope.”
Philippe Bianchi explained how Jules was not making the progress that the family had hoped for, and that his condition is “stagnant”.
“While there is life, there is hope, even though after a while you are hoping for a miracle,” Bianchi said.
“Every day is difficult. The situation is stagnant. Jules’ neurological progress is not what we would like it to be.
“When we get up every morning we think of Jules’ life. We think also of his death. We have to think about death because we are in a situation where we know a lot of things can happen. It’s terrible.”
Amid the glitz and glamor of Monaco this weekend, the F1 paddock will continue to think of Bianchi and his continued fight.