Jules Bianchi’s former team principal John Booth has said his driver was destined for great success in Formula One.
Bianchi passed away early this morning from the injuries he suffered in a crash during last year’s Japanese Grand Prix.
“Words cannot describe the enormous sadness within our team this morning as we come to terms with losing Jules,” said Booth in a statement issued by the Manor F1 team.
“He has left an indelible mark on all our lives, and will forever be part of everything we have achieved, and everything we will strive for going forward.”
Bianchi scored Marussi’a only point finish in the Monaco Grand Prix last year. Booth described him as “a shining talent” who was “destined for great things in our sport – success he so richly deserved.”
“He was also a magnificent human being, making a lasting impression on countless people all over the world. They recognised, as did we, that at the same time as being a fiercely motivated racer, he was also an extremely warm, humble and intensely likeable person, who lit up our garage and our lives.”
“We are incredibly grateful that we were able to provide Jules with the opportunity to show the world what he could do in a Formula One car. We knew we had a very special driver on our hands from the first time he drove our car in pre-season testing in 2013. It has been an honour to be able to consider him our race driver, our team-mate, and of course our friend.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the wonderful Bianchi family, who have remained so strong for Jules throughout the past nine months,” Booth added. “In turn, Jules was an absolute credit to them.”
“Finally, we would like to thank everyone who has supported Jules since his accident in Japan last October. Your kindness has been such a source of comfort to his family and to us, his team. We will rely on your continued support over the coming days and months as we race on for Jules.”
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