The FIA has confirmed it will mount legal action against former F1 driver Philippe Streiff after accusing him of making defamatory comments in the wake of Jules Bianchi's accident during the Japanese Grand Prix.

Streiff, who was confined to a wheelchair in an accident during F1 testing in 1989, has been quoted as saying that the panel formed to investigate Bianchi's accident in Suzuka was predominantly created to clear the FIA of liability.

However, the FIA has hit back at these claims in a scathing statement, suggesting the seriousness of the accusation has left it with no choice but to instruct lawyers to lodge a complaint for public defamation.

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"The FIA, its President Jean Todt, as well as G?rard Saillant, President of the FIA Medical Commission, are dismayed to learn of the remarks made about them by Philippe Streiff in his recent comments on the state of Jules Bianchi's health," read an official statement.

"These remarks having been published by certain media, the FIA, Jean Todt and G?rard Saillant categorically state that Philippe Streiff's insulting and defamatory comments are utterly unfounded and demonstrate malicious intent.

"In view of the seriousness of this deliberate attack on their reputations, they have had to ask their lawyers to lodge a complaint for public defamation and insult so that the circulation of Philippe Streiff's statements is stopped immediately and sanctioned in an appropriate manner.

"They find it regrettable that this incident only serves to add to the suffering of Jules Bianchi's family, for whom they would like to reiterate their support."

Bianchi was left in an induced coma following his collision with a recovery vehicle during the Japanese Grand Prix in October 2014 and remains in hospital in France.