July 18, 2015
With those words his family announced Jules Bianchi had passed during the night.
Jules, who would have been 26 on August 3rd, had been cared for in his hometown of Nice since shortly after the devastating accident in Japan last October.
Racing for Marussia at the time, Bianchi was being groomed by Ferrari for a spot at the Scuderia. He was the first driver to be recruited by the Ferrari Driver Academy program in 2009.
Bianchi's is the first racing fatality to hit Formula 1 since the death of Ayrton Senna in 1994.
Our heartfelt condolences to the Bianchi family and all his friends.