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Formula One: Nervous wait for Bianchi family and team

Formula One: Nervous wait for Bianchi family and team
The French driver underwent emergency surgery on Sunday after slamming into a recovery vehicle on the Suzuka track near the end of a rain-sodden Japanese Grand Prix.

Formula One’s governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), said the 25-year-old Marussia driver had been rushed to hospital after suffering a ‘severe head injury’. A small crowd of journalists had gathered Monday outside the Mie Prefectural General Medical Centre in Yokkaichi, the nearest hospital to the track.

The hospital was refusing to comment on the driver’s condition, citing patient privacy and directing enquiries to the FIA. An AFP reporter at the scene said Marussia team principal John Booth and team general manager Graeme Lowdon had arrived at the facility.

Both men appeared to have slept little and deflected questions on the driver’s condition. Venezuelan Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado was also seen at the hospital, where Felipe Massa had been spotted Sunday evening.

All three drivers are represented by agent Nicolas Todt, who was understood to be on his way to Yokkaichi from Paris.

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