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.

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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