SUZUKA, Japan (dpa) – Jules Bianchi of Marussia is undergoing surgery for a severe head injury after crashing at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, Formula One governing body FIA said.
Bianchi collided with a recovery vehicle which was removing the damaged Sauber car of Adrian Sutil.
“The CT scan shows that he has suffered a severe head injury and is currently undergoing surgery,” a FIA statement said.
“Following this he will be moved to intensive care where he will be monitored.
“Mie General Hospital will issue an update as soon as further information becomes available.”
Earlier FIA press officer Matteo Bonciani said the 25-year-old French driver was unconscious when taken to hospital by ambulance. The race was red-flagged shortly after the crash towards the latter stages of the race.
The end of the race meant victory for Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, who was ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at the time.
FIA said Sutil lost control of his car on lap 42, spun and hit the tyre barrier on the outside of Turn 7.
“The marshals displayed double waved yellow flags before the corner to warn drivers of the incident,” its statement said.
“A recovery vehicle was dispatched in order to lift the car and take it to a place of safety behind the guard rail. While this was being done the driver of car 17, Jules Bianchi, lost control of his car, travelled across the run-off area and hit the back of the tractor.