Jules Bianchi Still in Critical but Stable Condition, Only One Marussia F1 Car Will Race at Sochi GP

The newly-built Sochi Autodrom circuit in Russia will host a Grand Prix event for the first time ever this weekend, but this isn't a celebratory event for the Formula 1 world. If you rewind a week or so, you'll remember the tragic accident that injured Jules Bianchi at the rainy Japanese Grand Prix.
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Some say the Marussia F1 Team's driver wasn't too gentle with the loud pedal while other note that his single seater's tires were too used for that very wet Suzuka circuit. Lady Luck wasn't there to protect Jules when his F1 car crashed into the recovery vehicle that was retrieving a Sutil's Sauber.

The impact was extremely violent as you can see in this video here. Race marshals then ran to the totaled Marussia single seater and found Jules unconscious, alerting the medical personnel. After a short drive by ambulance to the nearest hospital, Bianchi entered surgery because the diffuse axonal injury he suffered was pretty sever. Almost a week after the unfortunate event happened, he's still in"critical but stable condition," according to a statement.

Out of respect for the still hospitalized Bianchi, the Marussia F1 Team announced that it'll run a single car this weekend in Russia, driven by Max Chilton. "The Team feels strongly that fielding a single car, that of driver number 4, Max Chilton, is the appropriate course of action under the difficult circumstances of the weekend," informs Marussia.

"The Team and its cars will carry the familiar #JB17 graphic, to ensure that, although Jules is not with us in Sochi this weekend, he is, nonetheless, racing on with the Marussia F1 Team," the most recent release informs.

Bianchi's teammate added: "I don't know how to put into words how truly devastated I am by what has happened to Jules. It is going to be a very emotional weekend for the whole Team, but we will try to get through it and keep praying for Jules," the British F1 and BTCC racing driver has declared.
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