SUZUKA, Japan – official release — Mark Thompson/Getty Images AsiaPac photo — Marussia driver Jules Bianchi is still in critical but stable condition following a crash during Sunday’s Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit.
Bianchi’s family released a statement Tuesday in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, which stated that Bianchi suffered a ‘diffuse axonal injury’ (a type of brain trauma) and remains in intensive care.
“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 read. “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.
“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.”