Jules Bianchi unconscious after accident at Japanese GP

  • AP, Suzuka, Japan
  • Updated: Oct 07, 2014 01:25 IST

Marussia Formula One driver Jules Bianchi has been taken to hospital and is unconscious following a crash during the Japanese Grand Prix. The race was red-flagged with nine laps to go after Bianchi went off at Turn 7, where Sauber's Adrian Sutil had crashed earlier.

"The driver is not conscious, he has been sent to the hospital by ambulance because the helicopter cannot go in these conditions," FIA Press officer Matteo Bonciani said.

The Sauber was being recovered by a crane when Bianchi went off.

Sutil indicated Bianchi's car had hit the crane.

"I aquaplaned." Sutil said. "The rain got more and more. One lap later with waved yellow flags, Jules came around and had the same spin there and that was it. It was the same crash but the outcome was different. The car came out to rescue my car and it all happened."

Sunday's race started at 3 pm local time. An approaching typhoon led to suggestions that the race would be pushed up to an earlier start.

At the time of the crash, rain was falling steadily and it was getting dark.

The first nine laps were run behind a safety car and it started to rain heavily again near the end of the race.

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