FIA confirms panel for Bianchi probe


The FIA has announced a 10-person panel, including former team bosses Ross Brawn and Stefano Domenicali, which will investigate Jules Bianchi’s accident at Suzuka.

Marussia driver Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital after he suffered a diffused axonal injury when he crashed into a recovery vehicle at the Japanese Grand Prix.

FIA President Jean Todt has promised to leave no stone unturned in their investigation into the accident and has also promised “never to relax” when it comes to on-track safety.

The FIA Accident Panel will now take over the investigation and a statement from motor sport’s governing body read: “The group will carry out a full review of the accident to gain a better understanding of what happened, and will propose new measures to reinforce safety at circuits, with recommendations to be made for the FIA president.

“The work of the group will start this week and a full presentation of its findings is to be made at the next meeting of the World Motor Sport Council on 3 December, 2014, in Doha, Qatar.”

Peter Wright, the president of FIA’s safety commission and a member of motorsport’s world governing body since 1995, will lead the panel and while Grand Prix Drivers’ Association President Alex Wurz will also be part of the group.

Full Panel:
Peter Wright – president of the Safety Commission

Ross Brawn – former team principal of Mercedes, Brawn Grand Prix and former technical director of Ferrari
Stefano Domenicali – former team principal of Ferrari
Gerd Ennser – chief stewards’ representative
Emerson Fittipaldi – president of the FIA Drivers’ Commission, F1 steward
Eduardo de Freitas – WEC race director
Roger Peart – president of the Circuits Commission, president of the ASN of Canada, F1 steward
Antonio Rigozzi – advocate, judge at the International Court of Appeal of the FIA co-opted by the teams