Formula 1’s governing body, the FIA, has issued a statement offering its condolences and support to the family of Jules Bianchi’s following the Frenchman’s death at the age of 25.
Bianchi’s family confirmed in the early hours of Saturday morning that he had passed away on Friday following a nine-month fight against a diffuse axonal injury sustained in an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix.
In addition to the immediate outpouring of support shown by the motorsport world in the wake of this news, the FIA has today issued a statement.
“The sport has lost one of the most talented drivers of this generation, from a family that has such a strong presence in the history of the sport,” the statement read.
“Jules Bianchi was a popular personality in F1, possessing the best of both human and sporting qualities.
“The FIA recognizes the courage with which he conducted his last fight, in the company of his loving family.
“Jean Todt, FIA President, expressed his deepest condolences to Jules’ family and recognised the great pain being felt by the Bianchi family and those close to them. The motorsport community offers their most sincere support through this terrible ordeal.”
Todt’s comments were echoed by the CEO of the FIA World Endurance Championship, Gerard Neveu, who issued the following statement:
“The announcement today of the passing of Jules Bianchi has made the WEC paddock really sad.
“Jules was a great motor racing driver and he is going to leave behind a huge void. The whole WEC family shares the grief of his family and those close to Jules. We send our sincere condolences.
“There will always be a place for Jules in our memories and in our hearts.”