Jules Bianchi Crash Update: Uneasiness Surrounds the Racing Driver's Medical Condition

As if a slowly recovering Michael Schumacher wasn't enough of a tragedy for the Formula 1 fan base, Marussia F1 Team's Jules Bianchi is also in a bit of a pickle at the present moment. Jules' father Philippe Bianchi recently disclosed to the Italian media that "every time the phone rings we know it could be the hospital to say Jules is dead."
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Following his massive crash at the Japanese Grand Prix, Jules was transported to the Mie Medical Center, where he underwent a difficult diffuse axonal injury surgery. Both the crash and the surgery happened a mere 10 days ago, but doctors, his family and his F1 team are all blabbing something about "a critical but stable condition" without actually going into details.

In a recent interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Philippe Bianchi offered a more personal view on Jules' condition, claiming: "doctors have told us this is already a miracle. No one has ever survived such a serious accident. Everyone keeps asking me how Jules is but I can't reply, there is no answer."

Philippe continued: "One day he seems a bit better, other days a bit worse. The damage from the accident is very bad but we don't know how it will evolve. Every time the phone rings we know it could be the hospital to say Jules is dead. When Jules gets a bit better we can transfer him, maybe to Tokyo and things will be a bit easier. But who knows when that will happen - if it will happen. We have no certainties, we just have to wait."

Although this bit of information is not actually official, Auto Motor und Sport claims that the dramatic accident recorded a mind-bending 92G impact according to information taped by the G-force sensor located in the French racing driver's earplugs. Just to put 92Gs into perspective, imagine that equals to 92 times Bianchi's weight being supported by his muscles and bones for a slice of a second.

The German publication previously mentioned also hints that the force of the impact flung Bianchi's protective neck cowling off him, with marshals ultimately finding it in the totaled Marussia F1 single seater's engine compartment. We don't know what the future has in store for Bianchi and F1 safety regulations, but we'll keep our fingers crossed Jules is going to get over this hump as soon as possible.
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