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F1 tribute to Jules Bianchi as family attends Hungarian Grand Prix

Late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi's family arrived at the Hungarian Grand Prix circuit on Sunday as the Formula One fraternity prepared for a silent tribute to the late Manor Marussia team driver.

othersports Updated: Jul 26, 2015 17:23 IST
Hungarian Grand Prix

Pallbearers carry the casket of French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi into Sainte Reparate Cathedral during his funeral in Nice, France, on July 21, 2015. Bianchi's family will be present at the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 26, 2015 to pay silent tribute to the deceased driver. (AP Photo)

Late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi's family arrived at the Hungarian Grand Prix circuit on Sunday as the Formula One fraternity prepared for a silent tribute to the late Manor Marussia team driver.

Formula One sources said eight members of the family -- including Bianchi's mother, father, brother and sister -- were attending the race after the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone sent a plane to collect them from Nice.

The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) and organisers said a minute's silence would be held on the grid 15 minutes before the start.

Bianchi's funeral was held in Nice on Tuesday, with drivers including Formula One champions past and present attending, after he died of injuries sustained in last October's Japanese Grand Prix.

The 25-year-old had been in a coma since he suffered severe head injuries when his Marussia car skidded off the track at Suzuka and hit a recovery tractor.

He was the first Formula One driver to die of injuries suffered over a race weekend since Brazilian Ayrton Senna and Austrian Roland Ratzenberger were killed in separate crashes at Imola in 1994.

The Formula One teams and drivers have been paying tribute to him in Hungary, the last race before the August break, with 'Ciao Jules', #JB17 and 'Jules Forever' stickers on cars and helmets.

The FIA has also announced that Bianchi's racing number, 17, has been retired from the championship and will not be available to any other driver.

"Jules was universally liked in the paddock and the support of everybody to the team has been fantastic," Manor Marussia F1 chief executive Graeme Lowdon said on Friday.

"It's touched an awful lot of people and I think Jules' family have really carried themselves in an incredible way, really incredible, in a situation that I couldn't really comprehend."