The father of Jules Bianchi, Phillippe claims his son’s fellow F1 drivers don’t want speak up about that ill fated incident in Suzuka 2014 because they’re scared to do so.
“One driver [sat] with me, with a camera will say nothing because I think all of the people are afraid to say something,” Bianchi told Sky Sports News. “When you have no camera all the people come to see me and say ‘no it is not correct, Jules made nothing [as a mistake], they made a mistake’.”
“Firstly, I have a lot of respect for people who made up the accident panel, that is OK. But all of the people are very near the FIA and cannot be correct for me.”
And Bianchi says the drivers agree that the race should not have been taking place in the conditions when the accident occurred.
“The conditions in Japan, I spoke with all of the drivers and they told me it was terrible conditions. The light was not good, there was a lot of rain. They cannot say that Jules made a mistake, it is not possible.”
Jules crashed into the heavy duty recovery vehicle that was trackside picking up a stricken Sauber during a tropical storm in Japan. Sadly he succumbed to his injuries the following year having never woken up from a coma.
Disgracefully the FIA governing body decided that its own internal investigation was sufficient to grant everyone but Jules zero responsibility for the fatal incident, further blaming Jules himself for not slowing sufficiently. Previously, TJ13 has had a catalogue of serious questions about the role the FIA has had in the crash investigation and indeed the role of Charlie Whiting during the race itself. Clearly the race should not have taken place when the weather denied all drivers hope of survival in the event of a serious injury due to the medical helicopter being grounded. Couple this with the inherent lack of mandating a safe speed during double waved yellow flags for too many years of Grand Prix racing.
The Bianchi’s have launched legal action against the FIA, Formula One Group and Marussia.