While one former Formula One racing champion is making progress in his rehabilitation from a severe traumatic brain injury unrelated to racing, another driver, Jules Bianchi, has suffered a severe brain injury during a race in Japan which has put him in critical but stable condition.
“Jules remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi. He has suffered a diffuse axonal injury and is in a critical but stable condition,” said the statement released by Bianchi’s family and hospital on Tuesday.
“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 injury occurred during a terrifying high-speed wreck into a recovery vehicle working to clean up a previous crash along the side of the track during the rainy Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday. The driver was unconscious when loaded onto the ambulance and underwent immediate emergency surgery on his brain upon arriving at the hospital.
The race was stopped following Bianchi’s crash and race organizers are now facing criticism for allowing the race to continue despite torrential downpours related to an approaching typhoon. Numerous drivers complained before and during the race about lack of visibility due to spray and lack of light.