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Formula One driver suffers serious head injury in crash at Japanese Grand Prix

The race was stopped after 44 of the 53 scheduled laps due to a crash involving Frenchman Jules Bianchi.

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FORMULA ONE DRIVER Jules Bianchi is in a critical condition in hospital after being involved in a serious accident at today’s Japanese Grand Prix.

The 25-year-old Frenchman is undergoing surgery on a severe head injury at Mie University Hospital, which is under 10 miles away from the Suzuka circuit.

The race was stopped after 44 of the scheduled 53 laps, where Lewis Hamilton led in some very wet conditions. The second red flag of the day saw Hamilton declared the race winner.

Sauber’s Adrian Sutil crashed out at turn eight for the race’s first red flag and soon afterwards Bianchi collided with the tractor that was removing Sutil’s car from the track.

A statement from the FIA summarized how the events unfolded:

“On lap 42, Adrian Sutil lost control of his car, spun and hit the tyre barries on the outside of turn 7. The marshals displayed double waved yellow flags before the corner to warn drivers of the incident.

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“A recovery vehicle was despatched in order to lift the car and take it to a place of safety behind the guardrail. While this was being done the drive of car 17, Jules Bianchi, lost control of his car, travelled across the run-off area and hit the back of the tractor.

“Once the marshals reported that the driver was injured, medical teams were despatched and the safety car was deployed. These were followed by an extrication team and an ambulance.

“The driver was removed from the car, taken to the circuit medical and then by ambulance to Mie General Hospital.

“The CR scan shows that he has suffered a severe head injury and is currently undergoing surgery. Following this he will be moved to intensive care where he will be monitored.”

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