DRIVER REMEMBERED: Tributes have poured in since the death of F1 driver Jules Bianchi who had been in a coma for nine months. Image: Facebook
LONDON, England - Formula 1 and the wider world of motorsport was still mourning the death of Frenchman driver Jules Bianchi on Saturday (July 18 2015) nine months after the Marussia driver suffered critical head injuries during the 2015 Japanese GP.
This is a selection of the tributes that flooded in through Twitter and media:
JOHN BOOTH (Manor Marussia team principal)
"Words cannot describe the enormous sadness within our team as we come to terms with losing Jules. 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.
"Jules was a shining talent. He was destined for great things in our sport; success he so richly deserved. He was also a magnificent human being who made a lasting impression on countless people all over the world.
"We are incredibly grateful that we were able to provide Jules with the opportunity to show the world what he could do in an F1 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’s been an honour to be have been able to consider him our race driver, our team mate and, of course, our friend."
INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOBILE FEDERATION
"The sport has lost one of the most talented drivers of this generation from a family that has such a strong presence in the history of the sport.
"Jules Bianchi was a popular personality in F1, possessing the best of both human and sporting qualities.
"The federation recognises the courage with which he conducted his last fight in the company of his loving family.
"Jean Todt (federation president) expressed his deepest condolences to Jules' family and recognised the great pain being felt by them and those close to them.
"The motorsport community offers its most sincere support through this terrible ordeal."
ALEXANDER ROSSI (former Marussia test driver)
"Thank you for shining a light in this sport and being the driver that we all wanted to be.."
JENSON BUTTON (2009 Forrmula 1 champion)
"Last night we lost a truly great guy and a real fighter #RIP Jules my sincerest condolences to his family and friends."
ROMAIN GROSJEAN (French F1 driver, Lotus)
"Yesterday we lost one of the best guys and best drivers I've ever met. I'll miss you so much my friend..."
MARIO ANDRETTI (1978 F1 champion)
"My heartfelt condolences to the Jules Bianchi family for this very sad ending of a promising young life. My prayers are with you".
ALAN JONES (1980 F1 champion)
"Rest in peace Jules Bianchi. A courageous young man. We will miss you."
BRUNO SENNA (Former F1 driver, nephew of Ayrton)
"My strong thoughts go to Jules Bianchi's family! Hope the lessons we learned will stop more tragedies like these from happening! RIP."
FRANCOIS HOLLANDE (French President)
"It is with great emotion that I learned of the passing of Jules Bianchi. French sport has lost one of its great hopes."
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