Marshals displayed double waved yellow flags before the corner to warn oncoming drivers of the incident. As Sutil’s car had to be moved off, a recovery vehicle was despatched to lift it to a safer place behind the guardrail.
As the corner was being cleared, Marussia’s Jules Bianchi lost control of his car, skid across the run-off area and hit the recovery tractor’s back. As marshals reported Jules was injured, medical teams were despatched alongside a Safety Car, an extrication team, and an ambulance. The race was stopped at lap 44.
Bianchi was removed from car 17, and taken to the circuit medical centre in an unconscious condition. After this, he was taken to Mie General Hospital by ambulance. A CT scan has revealed severe head injury, and surgery was carried out. He will thereafter be moved to intensive care where he will be monitored. An update from Mie General Hospital is awaited as further information becomes available.
Full FIA statement can be read in the official release below
On lap 42, Adrian Sutil lost control of his car, spun and hit the tyre barrier on the outside of Turn 7. The marshals displayed double waved yellow flags before the corner to warn drivers of the incident. A recovery vehicle was despatched in order to lift the car and take it to a place of safety behind the guardrail. While this was being done the driver of car 17, Jules Bianchi, lost control of his car, travelled across the run-off area and hit the back of the tractor.
Once the marshals reported that the driver was injured, medical teams were despatched and the Safety Car was deployed. These were followed by an extrication team and an ambulance.
The driver was removed from the car, taken to the circuit medical centre and then by ambulance to Mie General Hospital.
The CT scan shows that he has suffered a severe head injury and he is currently undergoing surgery. Following this he will be moved to intensive care where he will be monitored.
Mie General Hospital will issue an update as soon as further information becomes available.