It's been almost a year since Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi's horrific accident at Suzuka in October last year and with many still concerned about his well-being it is worth recapping the current situation.
Jules Bianchi was a driver many F1 pundits touted as one to watch for the future, he was a part of the Ferrari academy and was one of their more promising talents.
At the time of his accident he was driving for Marussia, and although he was never featured at the front of the grid, Bianchi showed his driving ability by managing to secure Marussia's first ever points at the Monaco Grand Prix earlier the same year.
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It was from this point onward that I began to follow Bianchi during race weekends. I always checked to see where he had qualified and I would always wish for him to win the battle of the new teams at the bottom of the grid.
I thought he was an exciting driver to watch, and I was hoping that at the end of the season he would secure a move to a mid pack team and hopefully get the chance to showcase his driving skills in a way he would have been unable to achieve at Marussia.
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On the 5th October 2014 the racing world was shocked after Jules Bianchi lost control of his Marussia car and spun off the track colliding head on with a tractor that was recovering Adrian Sutil's stranded Sauber.
Bianchi suffered severe head injuries, and because of the poor condition they were unable to airlift Bianchi to hospital, therefore he was taken in an ambulance. A journey which took 32 minutes.
As a result of the crash, Bianchi suffered a Diffuse Axonal Injury and is still in a coma.
Over the last year we have had a number of updates from Jules' father Philippe, unfortunately however these updates have not been good, with his father reporting that Bianchi is still in a coma, but at least is medically stable.
If Bianchi comes out of the coma he will likely have severe brain injuries, however this is something everyone hopes will be avoided.
I know that some fans aren't as up to date with the situation as they would like to be which is my reason behind writing this article.
I know that I, as well as everyone else in the F1 community are always thinking of Jules and hope that he will make a steady recovery and have the ability to live a full life, even if he doesn't return to F1.