The family of Jules Bianchi is launching a legal action against the sport’s world governing body the FIA, Marussia and Formula One Management following his fatal crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
Bianchi died on July 17 last year, nine months after he crashed into a recovery vehicle at the rain-soaked Suzuka race. He was the first F1 driver to die as a result of injuries sustained at a race weekend in more than 20 years.
The statement released by Stewarts Law read: “The family of Formula One racing driver, Jules Bianchi, has today announced they plan to take legal action in England relating to the fatal head injuries Jules Bianchi sustained in a violent collision with a mobile crane at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, 2014.
“The letters (to the FIA, Marussia and Formula One Group) explain why the Bianchi family feel the actions of one or more of those parties, amongst others, may have contributed to Jules’ fatal accident and invite them to accept that errors were made in the planning, timing, organisation and conduct of the race which took place in dangerous conditions during the typhoon season in Japan.
“As a family, we have so many unanswered questions and feel that Jules’ accident and death could have been avoided if a series of mistakes had not been made.”