Late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi's funeral on Tuesday

  • IANS, Nice, France
  • Updated: Jul 20, 2015 16:56 IST
Manor Formula One team driver Jules Bianchi of France at a news conference at the Suzuka circuit in Japan on October 2, 2014. Bianchi passed away on July 18, 2015 from head injuries sustained at last year's Japanese Grand Prix. He was 25. (Reuters Photo)

Recently-deceased French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi's funeral will be held on Tuesday.

Bianchi died on Friday night, nine months after suffering severe head injuries in a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

The 25-year-old had been in a coma since the crash, in which his Marussia car collided with a recovery vehicle in wet conditions during the closing stages of the Japanese Grand Prix on October 5 last year.

"You can say goodbye to Jules Tuesday 21 July at 10 am at the Sainte Reparate Cathedral @VilledeNice #CiaoJules," it was announced, through his official Twitter feed, on Sunday night.

Bianchi sustained serious head injuries in the Suzuka accident, which occurred in heavy rain under yellow-flag conditions.

As marshals were working to recover the damaged Sauber of Adrian Sutil, who had crashed out a lap earlier, Bianchi lost control of his car, travelled across the run-off area and hit the back of the recovery vehicle.

Bianchi died in hospital near his family's French home in Nice, where he was transferred from Japan last November.

The entire motorsport world is still coming to terms with the shock of his untimely death even as tributes continue to pour in.

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