WELL-LOVED: F1 driver Jules Bianchi was laid to rest in Nice, France on Tuesday (July 21). The Frenchman died on July 18 after spending nine months in a coma. Image: Instagram
Large posters of Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi were
draped outside the Sainte Reparate Cathedral on Tuesday (July 21) in Nice, France
as a number of Formula 1 drivers traveled to the French Riviera to pay their
final respects to the Frenchman.
Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa and Oliver Panis were among the drivers to attend the funeral.
FIA president Jean Todt was present as well.
Bianchi, 25, died in hospital in Nice on Friday (July 17) nine months after his shocking accident.
The entire grid, meanwhile, will reportedly pause for a minute's silence ahead of what will be a sombre Hungarian GP on July 26.
Jules Bianchi's racing number 17 has been retired from use in F1 since the French driver’s death, the sport's governing body has announced.
The International Automobile Federation said on its website on Monday (July 20): "As F1 car numbers are now personally chosen by each driver the federation believes it to be an appropriate gesture to retire Jules Bianchi's No.17.
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