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Remembering Jules Bianchi

Published 05/22/2015, 10:51 AM EDT

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Nico Rosberg won the 2014 edition of the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix. His second win at the ciruit. But the hero of last year’s race was someone else. Someone who through controlled racing and immense patience made sure his team finished way above compared to what they were used to. He is the sole reason why his team is still a part of the 2015 season. He is JULES BIANCHI.

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After finishing ninth here in Monte Carlo, he made sure that his team, Marussia gained its first points, and finished the season above Sauber and Lotus. Marussia ultimately went bankrupt and went into administration during the course of the season. They returned this season as Manor Marussia Grand Prix. And Jules is the reason they are here right now.

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While it was all up high in Monaco, thing took a very dramatic sharp turn in Suzuka, Japan. Bianchi crashed into a recovery vehicle , going unconscious on the spot. He was later kept in a medically induced coma for a lot of time, with very little, though still existent hope.


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On the eve of the Monaco Grand Prix, Jules’ father said that his familt are still hoping for a miracle but also “have to think about death” as the Frenchman’s recovery has stagnated.

“While there is life, there is hope, even though after a while you are hoping for a miracle,” Philippe Bianchi told French broadcaster Canal+. “Every day is difficult. The situation is stagnant. Jules’ neurological progress is not what we would like it to be. When we get up every morning we think of Jules’ life, we think also of his death. We have to think about death because we are in a situation where we know a lot of things can happen. It’s terrible.

“The first thing is Jules is alive, that’s the most important thing for us. He’s fighting with the weapons he has, but in neurological terms I’m not sure he is able to do much now. Seeing him fighting gives a lot of hope to his loved ones, and it’s important for us. I think we all stopped living that day, the fifth of October. It’s something you can never expect. It’s not what Jules wants, being in a hospital bed. It’s not his life, it’s not what we want either. But we have to keep hope.”

On the backdrop of all this, Marussia team have already created wristbands in honor of their former driver and his achievement and prepared themselves for the emotional weekend that it will be.

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Philippe recalled the memory of that race and thanked fans for their continued support of his son.


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“It was Jules’ dream to score points in Formula 1, and he did it with Marussia. I was there, and I was lucky enough when Jules finished the grand prix that I was the first person he took into his arms because I was on my own when he finished. Those are incredible moments.

“Jules is here, despite the shock [accident] he had. He’s still here and he’s fighting. All of these people thinking about him gives Jules strength. He can feel it and it’s beautiful. We’re very touched by it.”


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ES wishes the talented the guy a very speedy recovery. The entire F1 fraternity is with you Jules. In our minds, in our prayers.


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Jaskirat Arora


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Jaskirat Arora is the Co-Founder & Content Head of EssentiallySports. He developed an avid interest in sports from an early age and actively follows F1, NBA & Tennis.
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