The family of Jules Bianchi have issued a statement on the Frenchman’s condition, confirming that he suffered a diffuse axonal brain injury during the Japanese Grand Prix.
The statement describes the 25-year-old as “critical but stable” as he remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the Mie General Medical Centre in Yokkaichi, Japan.
A diffuse axonal injury is caused by the sudden movement of the brain within the skull, rather than from a direct blow to the head.
Bianchi’s Marussia spun into the back of a recovery tractor under yellow flag conditions at the rain-hit Suzuka circuit.
The statement from Bianchi’s family thanked those involved with his ongoing care.
“This is a very difficult time for our family, but the messages of support and affection for Jules from all over the world have been a source of great comfort to us,” read the statement.
“We would like to express our sincere appreciation.
“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.
“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.
“We are also grateful for the presence of Professor Gerard Saillant, President of the FIA Medical Commission, and Professor Alessandro Frati, Neurosurgeon of the University of Rome La Sapienza, who has travelled to Japan at the request of Scuderia Ferrari.
“They arrived at the hospital today and met with the medical personnel responsible for Jules’ treatment, in order to be fully informed of his clinical status so that they are able to advise the family.
“Professors Saillant and Frati acknowledge the excellent care being provided by the Mie General Medical Center and would like to thank their Japanese colleagues.”