Jules Bianchi is undergoing an emergency operation at a hospital near the Suzuka circuit following an accident during the Japanese Grand Prix. The Marussia driver went off and hit a tractor that was removing the Sauber of Adrian Sutil, which had previously crashed at the same corner. There were caution flags being shown when Bianchi crashed.
The driver was taken to the circuit medical centre and was then transferred by ambulance with a police escort to the Mie Prefecture General Hospital in Yokkaichi, around 15 kilometres from the track. He was unconscious but breathing when the medical teams arrived at the scene and he has continued to breath without needing any artificial respiration.
A computerised tomography (CT) scan in Yokkaichi revealed that he has suffered “a severe head injury” and he underwent an emergency operation. French television has quoted his father as saying that he is in a coma. Obviously more time is needed before the extent of the injuries can be properly assessed.