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gooner

RIP Jules Bianchi

Sadly Jules has taken over Senna' record of being the last driver to die in F1. A terrible tragedy given the talent he was purported to have and the potential to be a driver for a top team one day.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/120021
JohnC

A great shame but given the extent of his reported injuries, this was probably the least cruel outcome. RIP Jules.
Martin

JohnC wrote:
A great shame but given the extent of his reported injuries, this was probably the least cruel outcome. RIP Jules.


+1.
Humphrey The Pug

There was an interview with his dad a couple of weeks ago, which was very sad to read, the family were in complete limbo.

Probablty the best outcome to be fair.
Sav

This is very saddening indeed to hear, condolences to his family and friends. I believe Bianchi would have driven for Ferrari, as a Ferrari Academy driver they were impressed with his driving at Marussia. There was of course the brilliant points finish in Monte Carlo, but generally he almost always outpaced Chilton by significant margins and imo, he was the most impressive amongst the drivers for the teams which entered in 2010 - Marussia, HRT or Caterham.

It wasn’t the first time that Jules got injured in an accident either. He got hit head-on at the Hungaroring in GP2, resulting in a fractured lumbar vertebra.

Even though his life was cruelly cut short, he still achieved a lot in motorsport in a short space of time. Jules won the Formula 3 Masters race, won the Formula 3 Euro Series championship and won in GP2. We should remember his great achievements, because let there be no doubt, only great drivers won the races and championships he was victorious in. The Formula 3 Euro Series title was particularly impressive because it has become the place to look for future talent in recent years. Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Hulkenberg and Max Verstappen were all successful in European Formula 3.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Saw the sad news this morning whilst eating my breakfast.
Tragic, but maybe better that he's no longer with us than for him to have recovered and been "not fully with it".

Condolences to family and his loved ones and colleagues etc
gooner

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Saw the sad news this morning whilst eating my breakfast.
Tragic, but maybe better that he's no longer with us than for him to have recovered and been "not fully with it".

Condolences to family and his loved ones and colleagues etc


Well indeed, I was concerned as time went on that if he did regain some form of consciousness it wouldn't be allied to the quality of life we take for granted. Likewise one can't imagine Schumacher being in anything other than a vegetative state and whilst of course I wouldn't wish him to pass away, I wouldn't wish that sort of life on anyone.

I hope that Bianchi's family can now be at piece and get some closure.
Sav

A nice tribute was from his former teamate, Max Chilton. Chilton just won the Indy Lights race at Iowa Speedway and his words about Bianchi were touching.
BeN

Really sad. A great talent lost.
PhilD

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/33621465

I think that whenever I see or hear anything from Hamilton now I automatically think the worst. However...

"Now our sport embarks on a tough road ahead" - in what way? first death in 20 odd years is pretty impressive

"I will be carrying Jules with me in my prayers for the rest of my driving days" - BS

Or am I being unkind?
Boxer6

PhilD wrote:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/33621465

I think that whenever I see or hear anything from Hamilton now I automatically think the worst. However...

"Now our sport embarks on a tough road ahead" - in what way? first death in 20 odd years is pretty impressive

"I will be carrying Jules with me in my prayers for the rest of my driving days" - BS

Or am I being unkind?


BS is accurate I think. I think racing driver/motorcyclists mind set is significantly different to us mere mortals, which is what allows them to purasue ever-faster speeds and times that we could but dream of, ability notwithstanding. Whether or not that frame of mind allows them to "carry dead people in their minds" while simultaneously doing exactly what killed them in the first place is highly doubtful.
JohnC

BS indeed.

I gave up racing when I was sitting on the start line getting ready for the lights to change and a thought went through my head about my son and what would happen if I did myself a serious injury. After that I could never quite get the same commitment and gave up at the end of that season.
Scouse

PhilD wrote:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/33621465

I think that whenever I see or hear anything from Hamilton now I automatically think the worst. However...

"Now our sport embarks on a tough road ahead" - in what way? first death in 20 odd years is pretty impressive

"I will be carrying Jules with me in my prayers for the rest of my driving days" - BS

Or am I being unkind?


Not at all.
Boxer6

JohnC wrote:
BS indeed.

I gave up racing when I was sitting on the start line getting ready for the lights to change and a thought went through my head about my son and what would happen if I did myself a serious injury. After that I could never quite get the same commitment and gave up at the end of that season.


Like I said, we are but mere mortals compared to professional racers; same applies to any competitive sport I suppose, with some being more dangerous than others being the main difference.

No offence John!
JohnC

Boxer6 wrote:


No offence John!


None taken but you can't carry any doubt in your head at the sharp end of any sport and still give of your best. Any thoughts of the late JB in Lewis's head and he has to go slower.
Twelfth Monkey

I think that the Beeb dealt with it very well.  I hope his family get through this as well as can be hoped.
Eff One

The sight of the drivers and Bianchi's family in a circle on the grid, Jules' helmet at the centre with the others, was one of the most poignant I can remember.

I've no doubt that putting the drivers through the emotional wringer right before the start contributed in some way to the race that followed.
Twelfth Monkey

I don't think it reflected too well on the drivers who turned up late.  Rosberg was one, iirc.
Nice Guy Eddie

To be fair to Rosberg his car was the last to the grid and therefore got there as quick as he could.
PhilD

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
I think that the Beeb dealt with it very well.  .


I actually watched both qualifying and the race this time and agree, particularly Saturday before the village idiot got in on the act.

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