14 Jul 2015

F1 driver's father less optimistic about son's recovery

8:34 am on 14 July 2015

The father of the French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi says he is "less optimistic" that his son will recover from the severe head injuries he suffered in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix last October.

French formula one driver Jules Bianchi.

French formula one driver Jules Bianchi. Photo: Photosport

25 year old Bianchi has been in a coma since the accident at Suzuka and is now in hospital in Nice, near his parents' home in the south of France.

Philip Bianchi says in general, progress needs to be made in the first six months, but it's been nine months and Jules still hasn't emerged from his coma.

"As time goes by, I am less optimistic than I might have been two or three months after the accident when we could have hoped for better progress. There comes a point when you have to just keep your feet on the ground and realise the gravity of the situation.

Bianchi, who crashed his Marussia into a recovery tractor in wet conditions and fading light, suffered the most serious F1 race injury since Brazilian triple champion Ayrton Senna died at Imola in 1994.