It was a race that many in the F1 fraternity said should have been run hours earlier, before the rains and winds from Typhoon Phanfone began in earnest. The promoters of the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, however, wouldn’t hear of it- insisting that the race carry on at the appointed time. As the rain fell and the light dimmed in the Japanese afternoon, something utterly predictable- and yet, utterly freakish- happened: Jules Bianchi’s Marussia Ferrari left the track at a good clip, and crashed into the side of an off-track crane.
Bianchi was removed from the car unconscious, and- when the medical team at the track couldn’t revive him- was rushed to a nearby hospital. “The CT scan shows that he has suffered a severe head injury and is currently undergoing surgery,” said a statement released by the FIA, along with their report of the accident, itself, which was (rightly) kept off TV.
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 dispatched in order to lift the car and take it to a place of safety behind the guard rail. 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 dispatched 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 … Mie General Hospital will issue an update as soon as further information becomes available.
It’s a sad end to what was, otherwise, a thrilling race. The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished the red-flagged race 1-2, but that was only by virtue of a blundering safety car- deployed for the Adrian Sutil/Jules Bianchi incident- that held up a hard-charging Jenson Button’s McLaren on full wet tires and cost him dearly. Sebastien Vettel also looked poised to take the fight to Mercedes, but the decision to stop the race (especially in light of the severity of Bianchi’s accident) seems to have been the right one.
For his part, Williams driver Felipe Massa continued to be the whiniest and sour-grapes-iest
bitch driver on the grid, making sure everyone within earshot knows that he wanted to stop the race 3 laps before Bianchi’s freak crash into a tractor. So, here you go Felipe: you told us so.
You can see how Suzuka ended up for everyone else in this chart, below, and feel free to let us know what you think about the race promoters’
irresponsible decision to run the race as scheduled in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
|FORMULA 1 2014: SUZUKA RESULTS – FINAL|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||3|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||4|
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||8|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||-1 Lap|
|26||Daniil Kvyat||STR-Renault||-1 Lap|
|7||Kimi Räikkönen||Ferrari||-1 Lap|
|21||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari||-1 Lap|
|20||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren-Mercedes||-1 Lap|
|8||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||-1 Lap|
|13||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus-Renault||-1 Lap|
|9||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham-Renault||-1 Lap|
|4||Max Chilton||Marussia-Ferrari||-1 Lap|
|10||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham-Renault||-1 Lap|