Marussia have issued a statement thanking fans for their support and asked for ‘patience and understanding’ after Jules Bianchi’s accident at Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.
The 25-year-old Frenchman was left requiring surgery on a severe head injury having ploughed into the back of a tractor which had been rescuing the stricken Sauber of Adrian Sutil, who had spun off the Suzuka circuit on the previous lap.
A Marussia statement issued on Monday said: ‘Following the accident involving Jules Bianchi during yesterday’s 2014 Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit, the Marussia F1 Team would like to acknowledge the huge outpouring of support and affection for Jules and the Team at this very difficult time.
‘With regard to the communication of information concerning Jules’ medical condition, we will respect, and be guided by, the wishes of the Bianchi family. Together with Jules’ care, they will remain our highest priority.
‘Therefore, we would ask for patience and understanding with regard to further medical updates, which will be communicated in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, where Jules is being treated, when they feel it is appropriate.
‘Representatives of the Marussia F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari will remain at the hospital to support Jules and the Bianchi family.’
Bianchi’s girlfriend Camille Marchetti sent out a tweet on Sunday praying for his recovery as he fought for his life.
‘You are my champion! You are the strongest,’ she wrote on Twitter, ending the tweet with an emoticon heart.
Marchetti is an osteopathy student at the Collège Ostéopathique de Provence in France who originally hails from the Mediterranean island of Corsica.
She is well-known in the Formula 1 community and is often seen cheering Bianchi on from the pits as he races around the world.