Marussia have expressed their outrage at reports suggesting that Jules Bianchi failed to slow down in the moments before he crashed at Suzuka.
Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition at the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi after he suffered severe head trauma when he crashed into a recovery vehicle that was removing Adrian Sutil’s Sauber at the Japanese Grand Prix.
There have been reports that the Frenchman failed to reduce his speed under double yellow flags, which were being waved following Sutil’s accident, with some even suggesting he was told to go faster by Marussia so that he could keep some distance between himself and Marcus Ericsson from Caterham..
However, the Branbury-based squad have dismissed the claims.
“The Marussia F1 Team is shocked and angered by these allegations,” a statement said
“At a time when its driver is critically ill in hospital, and the team has made clear that its highest priority is consideration for Jules and his family, it is distressed to have to respond to deeply upsetting rumours and inaccuracies in respect of the circumstances of Jules’ accident. However, given that these allegations are entirely false, the team has no alternative but to address these.
“Regarding point 1, Jules did slow down under the double waved yellow flags. That is an irrefutable fact, as proven by the telemetry data, which the team has provided to the FIA. In the FIA press conference which took place in Sochi on Friday 10 October, Charlie Whiting, the FIA’s Race Director, confirmed that the team had provided such data, that he himself had examined this data and that Jules did slow.
“Regarding point 2, an audio copy of the full radio transmission between Jules and the team, and also a written transcript thereof, were provided to the FIA. It is quite clear from the transmission and the transcript that at no point during the period leading up to Jules’ accident did the team urge Jules to drive faster or make any comments suggesting that he should do so.
“The team sincerely hopes that, having clarified these facts, it can now avoid any further distractions to its primary focus at this time, which is providing support for Jules and his family.”