Jules Bianchi is in a "critical but stable" condition in hospital following his crash in the Japanese Grand Prix, the FIA has confirmed.

An FIA spokesman confirmed Bianchi's condition from Mie General Hospital, where Bianchi is being treated. Earlier on Monday, Marussia asked for "patience and understanding" over updates as the team focuses on Bianchi and his family.

Bianchi was taken to Mie General Hopsital after hitting a recovery vehicle during at Suzuka, and underwent surgery on Sunday evening following a CT scan which showed a "severe head injury". On Monday, Marussia released a statement which thanked fans for their support and urged patience regarding any updates on Bianchi's condition.

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The full statement reads as follows:

"Following the accident involving Jules Bianchi during yesterday's 2014 Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit, the Marussia F1 Team would like to acknowledge the huge outpouring of support and affection for Jules and the Team at this very difficult time.

"With regard to the communication of information concerning Jules' medical condition, we will respect, and be guided by, the wishes of the Bianchi family. Together with Jules' care, they will remain our highest priority. Therefore, we would ask for patience and understanding with regard to further medical updates, which will be communicated in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, where Jules is being treated, when they feel it is appropriate.

"Representatives of the Marussia F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari will remain at the hospital to support Jules and the Bianchi family."

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I too have just seen the video. I'ts quite sickening, and like others have said, it's almost a miracle Jules survived it. Safety has come on leaps and bounds since I started watching F1 in the mid 70s, but because it's been so long since we've had a fatality (or truely disabling accident, as I believe this will be...) that we've almost thought safety as absolute in the sport.

I really hope Jules will totally recover from this and send him my deepest wishes of a full recovery