Jules Bianchi’s family has thanked fans for their “messages of support and affection” and also confirmed he remains in a “critical but stable condition”.
The 25-year-old was injured when his Marussia crashed into a recovery vehicle that was busy removing the stricken Sauber of Adrian Sutil, which went off the track at Turn 7, during the Japanese Grand Prix.
He underwent an operation at the Mie General Medical Center on Sunday evening with the FIA confirming he suffered “severe head trauma” during the crash.
His family arrived by his bedside late on Monday due to the typhoon in the region and they have thanked fans for their support.
“This is a very difficult time for our family, but the messages of support and affection for Jules from all over the world have been a source of great comfort to us. We would like to express our sincere appreciation,” the statement read on Tuesday.
They also gave a bit more background on his injury and revealed that a top level medical delegation has also arrived at the hospital.
“Jules remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi. He has suffered a diffuse axonal injury and is in a critical but stable condition. The medical professionals at the hospital are providing the very best treatment and care and we are grateful for everything they have done for Jules since his accident,” the statement added.
“We are also grateful for the presence of Professor Gerard Saillant, President of the FIA Medical Commission, and Professor Alessandro Frati, Neurosurgeon of the University of Rome La Sapienza, who has travelled to Japan at the request of Scuderia Ferrari. They arrived at the hospital today and met with the medical personnel responsible for Jules’ treatment, in order to be fully informed of his clinical status so that they are able to advise the family. Professors Saillant and Frati acknowledge the excellent care being provided by the Mie General Medical Center and would like to thank their Japanese colleagues.
“The hospital will continue to monitor and treat Jules and further medical updates will be provided when appropriate.”