Bianchi did not slow sufficiently, FIA report says

Wed Dec 3, 2014 1:50pm EST
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi did not slow sufficiently under warning flags before crashing at the Japanese Grand Prix, an International Automobile Federation (FIA) report found on Wednesday.

"Bianchi did not slow sufficiently to avoid losing control at the same point on the track as (Adrian) Sutil," concluded the 396-page report, a summary of which was released on the FIA's website (

Bianchi suffered the most serious F1 race injury since the death of Ayrton Senna in 1994 when he hit a recovery tractor in a wet Japanese Grand Prix on Oct. 5.

The Marussia driver, whose team missed the last three races of the year and has since folded, remains unconscious and in a critical condition in hospital in southern France after being flown home last month.

The report found that Bianchi's car hit the crane at 126 kph and said medical services were not at fault in their handling of the aftermath.

"All rescue and medical procedures were followed, and their expediency are considered to have contributed significantly to the saving of Bianchi’s life," the report said.

In October, Marussia said they were 'shocked and angered' by media reports suggesting that Bianchi had not slowed down enough under caution flags.

"If drivers adhere to the requirements of double yellow flags... then neither competitors nor officials should be put in immediate or physical danger," the report added.   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