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French F1 driver Jules Bianchi undergoes surgery for head injury

Marussia Formula One driver Jules Bianchi drives during the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on 5 October, 2014
Marussia Formula One driver Jules Bianchi drives during the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on 5 October, 2014 Reuters/Toru Hanai

The 25-year-old suffered severe head injury following a crash during the Japanese Grand Prix.

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Bianchi, who drives for the Marussia F1 team, went off the track on lap 44 of the 53 lap race and smashed into a crane that was recovering Adrian Sutil’s car which had earlier went off at the same place.

The 25-year old was rushed to hospital by ambulance.

"Jules is seriously injured," Bianchi's father Philippe told France 3 television. "He is undergoing surgery for a head injury and we will need to wait 24 hours to know any more on his condition."

Formula One's governing FIA said in a statement that Bianchi had "suffered a severe head injury" and would be monitored from the intensive care unit following his operation.

The rain-hit race was stopped two laps following Bianchi’s crash.
 

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