“Motorsport is dangerous” reads every ticket ever sold.That is a line that is maybe been taken for granted these days in Formula One as greatly increased safety has seen drivers walk away from some horrific crashes. Over the decades more than 30 Formula One drivers have not been so fortunate with the legendary Ayrton Senna being the latests and most potent reminder that it can happen to anyone. It had been 21 years since the last death in Formula One, but today it is with great sadness we report that the sport has claimed another. F1 driver Jules Bianchi has died.
Last October in Suzuka Jules Bianchi slid off of the track into a gravel trap, something which is far from life threatening. However, already in the gravel was a crane that was attending to a Force India car which car come off at the same point. Bianchi hit the crane at speed and with elements of it being at the same level as his head, sustained serious injuries. The 25 year old French driver was rushed to hospital where he has been in a coma since the crash. Marussia and other F1 teams have shown their support by sporting #ForzaJules on their cars.
Today Jules Bianchi died in hospital with his family close to him. The young talent was part of the Ferrari academy and served as their test driver before racing for Marussia. His family said: “Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end.” They would like to thank everyone for all of the support they have received over the past few months.
As this bright young light is extinguished we must reflect upon how motorsport is dangerous.
Forza Jules. RIP.