FIA demands full report into Bianchi crash

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Tuesday 7th October, 2014 - 10:07am

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Jules Bianchi's Marussia during practice at Suzuka

Jules Bianchi’s Marussia during practice at Suzuka

FIA president Jean Todt has requested a full report into the circumstances leading up to the accident which has left Marussia driver Jules Bianchi with critical head injuries.

The FIA has confirmed that Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition at Mie General Hospital in Japan after ongoing surgery on Sunday evening.

It has emerged that Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has been asked to provide exact details of the accident which forced the rain-affected Japanese GP to be stopped.

Calls have been made by a variety of experienced former drivers for the FIA to review its procedures following the accident.

Amateur footage shows Bianchi slamming into a recovery tractor which was reversing back towards the safety barriers while retrieving Adrian Sutil’s Sauber.

Double waved yellow flags were displayed at the corner, with the Safety Car not called until after Bianchi slammed into the rear of the tractor.

Ex-F1 driver Derek Warwick, who is the president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club and is a part-time FIA F1 steward, has warned against “knee jerk” reactions to the crash.

“With hindsight, of course it should have been a Safety Car,” Warwick told The Guardian.

“But if every time a recovery vehicle is on track we bring out a Safety Car there would be uproar within F1.

“Let’s not get too carried away, it was a one-off. You will always have these extraordinary situations and we have to be careful not to make knee jerk responses to them. I don’t think we can blame anybody.”

The question of why the race was not brought forward given the previously well forecasted threat posed by Typhoon Phanfone remains a hot topic.

Bringing races forward to dodge predicted monsoonal rains or huge storms brings with it the challenge of TV stations not able to rebook their pre-arranged satellite time slots.

Meanwhile the Marussia squad say further updates on Bianchi’s condition will not be made without the permission of the driver’s family.

Bianchi’s parents Philippe and Christine arrived at the hospital on Monday.

The president of the FIA’s medical commission Gerard Saillant, who oversaw Michael Schumacher’s medical treatment following the seven-time world champions skiing accident has also reportedly flown to Japan along with Bianchi’s agent Nicolas Todt.