Bianchi will keep fighting, says father

Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:32pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Critically injured French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi will not give up his fight for life but the situation remains desperate, his father Philippe said on Tuesday.

Speaking to Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper in Yokkaichi, Japan, where the 25-year-old Marussia driver is in intensive care, Bianchi senior said it was a miracle his son was still alive.

"The situation is desperate. Every time the phone rings we know it could be the hospital to say Jules is dead," he told the newspaper.

"But first they said the first 24 hours were crucial, then it became 72 and now we are still here, with Jules who is fighting.

"I see it, I believe it, I speak to him, I know he hears me. The doctors have said that is already a miracle, that nobody has ever survived such a serious accident. But Jules does not give up."

Bianchi has been in hospital since he crashed into a recovery tractor in the wet at the Japanese Grand Prix on Oct. 5. The team said in an update on Tuesday that he remained critical but stable.

"The past nine days have been extremely difficult for Jules and his family. As a consequence of the accident at Suzuka, a number of medical challenges have needed to be overcome and the situation remains challenging due to the diffuse axonal traumatic brain injury Jules has sustained," the team said.

The driver's parents, brother and sister have been at his bedside for the past week while representatives of Ferrari and Marussia have also been on hand.   Continued...

Marussia Formula One driver Jules Bianchi of France speaks to the media after a news conference at the Suzuka circuit October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino