Jules Bianchi's family believes the Frenchman is taking strength from the ongoing support of his F1 peers as he continues his fight against injuries suffered at last season's Japanese Grand Prix.

As the F1 fraternity returns to Monaco, where the 25-year old claimed a vital ninth-place for the Marussia team a year ago, he remains in hospital in Nice, battling the severe head trauma that left him with brain injuries after he collided with a rescue vehicle in atrocious conditions at Suzuka in October.

Bianchi's father, Philippe, provided another update on his son's condition as interest peaked with the visit to Monaco, admitting that knowing that Jules continued to battle was providing solace for the family even if progress, if any, remained slow.

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"The first thing is that Jules is alive, that's the most important thing for us.... he's still here and he's fighting," Bianchi Sr told French TV station Canal Plus, "I think all of these people thinking about him gives Jules strength - I think he can feel it and it's beautiful. We're very touched by it.

"He's fighting with the weapons that he has. In neurological terms, I'm not sure he is able to do much now, [but] seeing him fighting gives a lot of hope to his loved ones and it's important for us. While there is life, there is hope, even though after a while you are hoping for a miracle."

While the Manor-Marussia team wears commemorative wristbands bearing Bianchi's initials and other teams and drivers carry #forzajules logos at this weekend's grand prix, the family continue to steel themselves for news that they may not want to hear.

"Every day is difficult," Philippe Bianchi continued, admitting that his son's 'situation is stagnant', "When we get up every morning, we think of Jules' life but we think also of his death. We have to think about death because we are in a situation where we know a lot of things can happen.

"It's not what Jules wants, being in a hospital bed. It's not his life and it's not what we want either, but we have to keep hope."