Jules Bianchi has suffered a "severe head injury" after crashing in to a recovery vehicle during the Japanese Grand Prix.

A mobile crane was recovering Adrian Sutil's Sauber when Bianchi's Marussia slid off in increasing rain and hit the rear of the crane. The medical car and ambulance were soon on the scene and the race was red flagged and didn't restart.

An FIA spokesman said Bianchi had suffered a "severe head injury" and is being operated on before being moved to intensive care.

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The full FIA statement read as follows:

"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 the drivers of the incident. A recovery vehicle was despatched in order to lift the car and take it to a place of safety behind the guardrail. 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 despatched 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.

"The CT scan shows that he has suffered a severe head injury and is currently undergoing surgery. Following this he will be moved to intensive care where he will be monitored."

Having said he himself aquaplaned off, Sutil confirmed that Bianchi had appeared to have the same problem: "It was more or less the same crash but the outcome was a bit different," Sutil said.

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talk was about starting it at 11 sunday
(fore sure bernie wanted that because of sochi, but charly because auf the danger of real heavy rain)
but we will learn in the day to come
(austrian TV: helicopter was not sutied for this injury -remember schumacher - helicopter had to land - and take off again because of intubation .. )

i think - rain was ok .. inters in use ..
BUT it was to dark already - TV ligthens everything up...
drivers couldnt see the real wet spots that good anymore ..

and Wurz (normaly quite good informed) told on austrian TV (co-commentator) that FIA (Charly) AND EVEN Bernie wanted to start earlier (11.00 am local time) but Honda (yes they own the track an are promotors of the race) didnt move (typical japaneses attitude)

Hopes and prayers for a speedy and full recovery Jules Bianchi

Strider: Honda have some serious questions to answer, an earlier start was declined despite the safety benefits and the absence of a medical helicopter tempted fate. Thoughts are with Jules.[\blockquote]

Honda? what have they got to do with it. FIA on the other hand are the ones that need to answer the questions