F1 drivers pay emotional tributes to Jules Bianchi
A sad day for motorsport
Racing is in mourning today for the first man to die in a race related accident since the late great Ayrton Senna in 1994.
Jules Bianchi passed away last night after nine months in a coma following an incident at the Japanese Grand Prix.
The 25-year-old he crashed in wet conditions at Suzuka while racing for the Marussia team and died at his home in Nice this morning.
Bianchi competed in 34 races over the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and secured his team Marussia's first ever championship points with a fifth place finish at last year's Monaco Grand Prix.
This morning several figures form F1 and motorsport have been paying tribute to the Frenchman.
No words can describe what his family & the sport have lost. All I can say it was a pleasure knowing & racing you.
— M A X Chilton (@maxchilton) July 18, 2015
Last night we lost a truly great guy and a real fighter #RIPJules my sincerest Condolences to his family and friends.
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) July 18, 2015
Thank you for shining a light in this sport and being the driver that we all wanted to be. Thank you for being the 1% behind the wheel #JB17
— Alexander Rossi (@AlexanderRossi) July 18, 2015
Woke up to these very sad news.. RIP Jules. You will be never forgotten. My thoughts are with the family pic.twitter.com/79yv2DrDFa
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) July 18, 2015
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) July 18, 2015
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) July 18, 2015
Rest in peace Jules Bianchi. This sport that we love can be very cruel.
— Dario Franchitti (@dariofranchitti) July 18, 2015
A moment with Jules that I'll always remember pic.twitter.com/Qp1M6bOJzZ
— sam bird (@sambirdracing) July 18, 2015
RIP Jules Bianchi; 3.8.89 - 17.7.15; after your tragic accident and long fight, you are gone, but we will never forget you, how could we :-(
— Grand Prix Drivers (@GPDA_) July 18, 2015
Horrible news. Rest in peace mate. A great example of fight and courage for all of us. You will always be with us. #JB17
— Carlos Sainz (@Carlossainz55) July 18, 2015