Jules Bianchi's family launch legal proceedings against FIA


Jules Bianchi's family today announced they are taking legal action against the Formula One Group, the FIA and the Marussia race team after the 25-year-old's fatal accident at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2014.

Lawyers representing the driver's father, Philippe Bianchi, say a series of errors led to the Frenchman's death. His family are also challenging a report said that Bianchi failed to slow down properly while under double yellow flags, which were deployed in the rain-soaked race.

They have said they hope to take the blame away from their son, while also raising money for their charity, which gives support and help to young racing drivers.

Bianchi collided with a recovery truck at the side of the Suzuka circuit, experiencing 245G during the crash. He had lost control of his Marussia racing car at 132mph, hitting the tractor at 78mph, and passed away last July, after being in a coma for nine months.

His father said: "We seek justice for Jules, and want to establish the truth about the decisions that led to our son's crash. 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."

Julian Chamberlayne, the lawyer representing the Bianchi family, said: "Jules Bianchi's death was avoidable. The FIA Panel Inquiry Report into this accident made numerous recommendations to improve safety in Formula One but failed to identify where errors had been made which led to Jules' death.

"This is important if current and future drivers are to have confidence that safety in the sport will be put first. If this had been the case in Suzuka, Jules Bianchi would most likely still be alive and competing today in the sport he loved."