Formula 1 is a dangerous sport and it has never been more evident after the accident that befell Jules Bianchi at the Suzuka Circuit during the Japanese Grand Prix. Bianchi’s car crashed into a recovery vehicle that had taken the track to get to the Sauber driven by Adrian Sutil that lost its rear due to an earlier crash. He has undergone surgery for the head injury that he sustained from the aforementioned incident. The Marussia F1 Team has yet to issue a definitive statement regarding Bianchi’s status and has called for patience with regard to their driver’s medical updates. The accident is not the first (and probably not the last) accident in the history of Formula 1.
The Accident at the Suzuka Circuit
There has been some controversy on whether it was prudent to start the race considering the weather conditions at that time on the Suzuka Circuit. Regardless of the weather, the race did proceed as scheduled with a safety car leading the way. However, after just two laps the race was red flagged and restarted. Much like the first time, a safety car led the way for the drivers on the re-start. Prior to Bianchi’s accident in the 43rd lap, Adrian Sutil crashed his Sauber which prompted race officials to send a recovery car. It was during the 44th lap that Bianchi’s Marussia crashed onto the recovery vehicle which then rendered him unconscious.
History of Accidents
Though there has been a drop in fatalities since Ayrton Senna’s demise at the San Marino Grand Prix, accidents still do happen. This is to be expected since Formula is the fastest motorsport in the world after all. Even with technological advances that have made the sport safer, the probability of accidents is still high. With cars frequently reaching speeds of 220 mph, Jules Bianchi is lucky to still be alive right now. Others have been less fortunate. It was just recently that businessman/Formula 1 racing enthusiast Denis Welch got killed in the Silverstone Classic while driving a 1960 Lotus 18.
Bianchi is currently in intensive care after undergoing surgery for what the FIA termed as a “severe head injury”. Whether Bianchi can still race after this incident is still up in the air but other drivers have already expressed their support for him. The podium celebration to announce the winners was visibly subdued. Lewis Hamilton also noted that the result of the race was insignificant compared to the accident that befell their fellow driver.
What’s Next for Marussia’s Formula 1 Team?
The next leg of the Formula One season will be held at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. The Russian Grand Prix will be held for the first time in a hundred years after being abandoned due to Russian Civil War and World War I. The loss of Jules Bianchi is a big blow for Russian-owned Marussia who now has to rely on Max Chilton and either Alexander Rossi or Will Stevens. Earlier in the season Bianchi had scored the team’s first points when he finished ninth at the Monaco Grand Prix. We’ve yet to know whether Marussia can recover from the loss of their fastest driver. As for the FIA, there are still numerous questions that need to be answered regarding the incident which hopefully will be the last for this season.
In the meantime everyone is concerned for the young driver and at this time all we can do is pray the young F1 driver will make a speedy recovery.