Jules Bianchi – Farewell

It is impossible for us to work so closely with the F1 and wider motorsport world without paying tribute to the late Jules Bianchi who sadly died last week. As many of you will know he was involved in a horrendous crash at last years Japanese Grand Prix. After an incident in the wet, the race was under yellow flags and for some reason he came into the corner where the crane was removing the crashed car too fast. This lead to a terrible impact with the crane itself and substantial head injuries for Jules. Since then he has been battling for survival and it was with a collective wave of sadness the motorsport world finally said goodbye to him on Friday.

Jules showed great promise in F1 and very much hit the ground running in his first season for Marussia. The only real F1 experience he had was pre-season testing before he lost his place at Force India and in the Marussia car. With impressive qualifying pace and a tenacity rarely seen he continued to be a driver to watch. He was always loved by the Ferrari camp and was always rumoured to be on the way to the prancing horse. Even as a back marker in a relatively slow car he always raced well and never lets being at the back bring him down.

From an early and very successful karting career Jules moved up to win the French Formula Renault 2.0 series in his first season. He then moved onto do very well in Formula 3 where, in his second season he won 9 races. The natural move was to then jump to GP2 where he was once again a familiar face on the podium. During this time he become part fo the Ferrari academy and got his first F1 test sessions in 2009 in Jerez.

In 2010 Jules suffered a fractured back, had surgery and didn’t even miss a round of racing, this kind of determination not only made him a great driver but also showed his commitment in front of team bosses and fans alike. After a brief spell in Formula Renault 3.5 Jules finally made it to F1 with Force India.

He was known for his gentle personality off the track and was liked by team mates and competitors as well as the fans. Jules was already an accomplished driver when he died, but, as with so many young deaths he had a lot more to give.

You will be sorely missed Jules!

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