The Grand Prix Drivers Association has paid tribute to Jules Bianchi following his death on Friday at the age of 25.
Bianchi’s family confirmed in the early hours of Saturday morning that he had passed away following a nine-month fight against a diffuse axonal injury sustained in an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix in October 2014.
Tributes have since poured in for the French driver, who will be best remembered for scoring the only points in Marussia F1 Team’s history at the Monaco Grand Prix with a performance that ultimately saved the team.
The GPDA operates as a union for the drivers in F1, giving them a voice and involvement in the future of the sport.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the GPDA offered its support to Bianchi’s family, but also said how his death acted as a stark reminder of the risks involved with grand prix racing.
“Formula 1 has lost a great talent, a great man and a great friend today,” the GPDA said.
“Twenty-one years after the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger, we have now lost Jules, who has died as a direct consequence of an on track accident.
“It is at times like this that we are brutally reminded of how dangerous racing still remains.
“Despite considerable improvements, we, the Grand Prix drivers, owe it to the racing community, to the lost ones and to Jules, his family and friends, to never relent in improving safety.
“Our sincerest condolences go out to Jules’ family and friends.”