Family: F1 driver Bianchi in critical but stable condition

Marussia Formula One driver Jules Bianchi of France speaks to the media after a news conference at the Suzuka circuit October 2, 2014. (Reuters)

The family of Jules Bianchi says the Formula One driver remains in critical but stable condition.

Bianchi had emergency surgery for a severe head injury on Sunday after a crash during the Japanese Grand Prix.

In a statement distributed in conjunction with the Mie Medical Center, Bianchi’s family says the driver “has suffered a diffuse axonal injury and is in a critical but stable condition.”

Bianchi crashed on the 44th lap in Sunday’s rain-shortened race at the Suzuka circuit. His car went off at Turn 7, where Sauber driver Adrian Sutil had crashed two laps earlier.

According to a report issued by FIA, Bianchi lost control of his car, travelled across the run-off area and hit the back of the tractor that was being used to remove Sutil’s car.

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