Bianchi laid to rest in Nice as F1 community pays tribute one final time

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Jules Bianchi has been laid to rest at today’s funeral in Nice, in a service attended by family, close friends and a considerable number of Formula 1 drivers and others in the F1 community.

Members of the public were able to watch from outside.

A healthy number of drivers, including Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel, Romain Grosjean, Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat, Pastor Maldonado, Marcus Ericsson and Roberto Merhi, were on hand while other figures including FIA president Jean Todt, four-time World Champion Alain Prost, Bianchi’s past teammate Max Chilton, Manor’s John Booth and Graeme Lowdon were all in attendance.

The Bianchi family said, “Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end.”

He passed away on Friday night at age 25, after suffering a diffuse axonal injury in last year’s Japanese Grand Prix. On Tuesday, the FIA announced it would retire his No. 17 from active competition.

Daniel Ricciardo posted these pictures below, and below that are a series of photos from the service.

PHOTOS FROM SERVICE

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Poster of Bianchi outside. Photo: Getty Images
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Jean-Eric Vergne hugs Jules’ father Philippe Bianchi. Photo: Getty Images
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Bianchi’s casket carried out. Photo: Getty Images
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All pay their respects. Photo: Getty Images
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Bianchi’s No. 17 adorned on a Ferrari from testing. Photo: Getty Images
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Large crowd outside. Photo: Getty Images
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Drivers pay their respects. Photo: Getty Images
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Drivers gather one last time. Photo: Getty Images