Jules Bianchi is out of surgery and breathing on his own after suffering “severe head trauma” when he crashed during the rain-affected Japanese GP.
With the rain coming down at the Suzuka circuit, the 25-year-old Marussia driver lost control of his MR03 at Turn 7.
Going off into the gravel, Bianchi hit a tractor that was on hand to remove Adrian Sutil’s stricken Sauber.
Bianchi was unconscious as he was transported by ambulance to the Mie General Hospital.
There CT scans revealed he had suffered a “severe head injury” and he underwent surgery before being transferred to ICU.
There has been no official word from the hospital as yet with some reports stating that there won’t be an official update until Monday.
Sky Sports, though, reported that the “surgery had been completed”, which also “ended Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci, Williams driver Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado’s vigil at the Frenchman’s bed”.
Other reports claimed that all the other drivers on the grid visited the hospital at some stage during the evening.