F-1 Racing Driver Jules Bianchi Dies Nine Months After Crash

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Marussia driver Jules Bianchi of France. Photographer: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

Formula One driver Jules Bianchi died more than nine months after suffering a brain injury in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Bianchi died Friday night at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Nice, his family said in a Twitter post early Saturday France time.

Bianchi, 25, was hurt Oct. 5 when his car slid off the wet track at Suzuka in Japan and into a fork-lift type vehicle being used to remove the car of Sauber’s Adrian Sutil, who had crashed earlier.

“Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did,” the family said in the statement. “The pain we feel is immense and indescribable.”

Bianchi competed in 34 races over the 2013 and 2014 seasons, participating in races with the Manor F1 Team.

French President Francois Hollande said in a statement it was with “much emotion” that he learned of Bianchi’s death, through which French auto sport has lost “one of its greatest hopes.”

Manor is “devastated” by his death after such a hard-fought battle, the team said in a posting on Twitter.

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