F1 to hold minute’s silence for Bianchi in Hungary

1 Comment

The Formula 1 paddock will pay tribute to Jules Bianchi with a minute’s silence ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Bianchi died last Friday following a nine-month fight against severe head injuries sustained in an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix in October.

A number of F1 drivers and paddock figures attended Bianchi’s funeral in Nice, France on Tuesday, and they will reconvene at the Hungaroring for the final race before the sport’s summer break this weekend.

As part of the pre-race proceedings, one minute’s silence will be held at 13:45 local time, 15 minutes before lights out.

Lewis Hamilton has also confirmed that he will run with a sticker on his car that pays tribute to Bianchi in Hungary.

Earlier this week, the Briton spoke of the ‘tough road’ that F1 faced following Bianchi’s death in its bid to improve safety standards.

“Saying goodbye to Jules was incredibly hard for everyone,” Hamilton said. “For myself, I wished I had known him better. But from what I knew of him, he was a kind heart with a great spirit and a bright future.

“Now our sport embarks on a tough road ahead. We have been shown once more the dangers of our sport, that these should be respected and that we drivers commit ourselves to the chance that those dangers are there when we step into the car.

“We have made great progress for safety thus far and I know that the FIA will continue to make steps forward to improve even further.”