F1 grid unites to pay tribute to Jules Bianchi (VIDEO)

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Ahead of today’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the Formula 1 grid came together to pay tribute to Jules Bianchi following his death at the age of 25 last week.

Bianchi passed away last week, nine months after suffering severe head injuries in an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix in October 2014.

Ahead of today’s race in Hungary, the F1 drivers came together to pay its respects to Bianchi with a touching tribute, and were joined by his family for a minute’s silence.

The drivers formed a circle at the front of the grid, standing around their helmets with Bianchi’s in the very centre.

The race that followed proved to be a memorable one as Sebastian Vettel stormed to his second win of the season, dedicating the victory to Bianchi after the race.

His gesture was replicated by Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne, who issued a statement following the race.

“We dedicate this victory to the memory of Jules Bianchi, a fantastic guy whom we all miss terribly,” Marchionne said.

“Unfortunately, today in the end, we were unable to celebrate a one-two finish which was within our grasp because of a problem with Kimi’s car. That’s a clear sign we must never drop our guard.

“We will continue to work on closing the gap to those ahead of us, but without ever ignoring the reliability factor. We will soon be pausing for the summer break, after which I’m sure everyone in the Scuderia will return even more ready and determined than ever.”

Hildebrand enters Indy 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

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INDIANAPOLIS — J.R. Hildebrand will race in the Indianapolis 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in a second entry dedicated to the late Dan Gurney.

Hildebrand will pilot the No. 48 as a nod to the number used by Gurney, a racer, car builder and team owner who died in 2018. Hildebrand will be teammates with Sage Karam and his car will be sponsored by Salesforce.com.

Hildebrand has eight previous Indy 500 starts and was leading on the final lap as a rookie in 2011 when he crashed in the final turn. Dan Wheldon slipped past for the victory and Hildebrand finished second.

Hildebrand also drove for DRR last season.

DRR is also fielding the #24 Chevrolet in this year’s Indy 500 for Sage Karam.