Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi has died, nine months after suffering severe head injuries in a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
The 25-year-old Marussia and later Manor driver has been in a coma since his car slid off the road in wet conditions in October 2014 in a race in Suzuka, Japan, and crashed into a recovery vehicle. He is the first F1 driver to die from injuries sustained in a Grand Prix since 1994.
In a statement his family said:
Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end.
Furthermore, we thank Jules' colleagues, friends, fans and everyone who has demonstrated their affection for him over these past months, which gave us great strength and helped us deal with such difficult times.
Listening to and reading the many messages made us realise just how much Jules had touched the hearts and minds of so many people all over the world.
Jules had began a very promising career, establishing himself as a driver with talent from the back of the grid team.
In honour of his memory, here are a few of Jules' finest moments:
1) French Formula Renault 2.0
Bianchi’s first major successes came almost immediately after his graduation from karting. He won the national Formula Renault title with five wins from 13 races and 11 podiums, before progressing to the Formula 3 Euroseries with ART the following season, where he finished third.
He also took victory in the prestigious Masters of Formula 3 event at Zolder.
2) Formula 3 success
Bianchi dominated Formula 3 Euro Series in 2009, taking nine victories from 20 starts, with six poles and 12 podiums.
He was signed by Ferrari to their new academy, after briefly being linked to the race team itself, and began F1 testing duties.
4) Finishing ninth in Monaco in 2014
Age 24 years, 9 months, and 22 days, Bianchi took his, and Marussia’s, first points in F1 at Monaco in a performance which earmarked his future in the sport.
5) Ferrari call up and future promise
At the post-British Grand Prix test two months after Monaco, Bianchi was asked to stand in for Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari.
There he set the overall pace in the F14 T with a time faster than anything the Finn had managed at the preceding Silverstone race weekend.