Bianchi family sue over 'avoidable' death
26 May 2016 – Jules Bianchi's family has announced that it will be taking legal action in the UK against the FIA, the Formula One Group and the Marussia team following his death.
Bianchi passed away aged 25 last year as a result of severe head injuries sustained in a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, after he struck a recovery crane.
An official FIA report into the circumstances surrounding Bianchi's accident cleared Formula 1 chiefs of wrongdoing, and stated that Bianchi failed to slow sufficiently.
Bianchi's family, after months of deliberation, has decided to take action.
Bianchi's father, Philippe, stated: "We seek justice for Jules, and want to establish the truth about the decisions that led to our son's crash at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2014.
"As a family, we have so many unanswered questions and feel that Jules' accident and death could have been avoided if a series of mistakes had not been made."
Stewarts Law is leading legal action for the Bianchi family.
"Jules Bianchi's death was avoidable," said partner Julian Chamberlayne.
"The FIA Panel Inquiry Report into this accident made numerous recommendations to improve safety in Formula 1 but failed to identify where errors had been made which led to Jules' death.
"It was surprising and distressing to the Bianchi family that the FIA panel in its conclusions, whilst noting a number of contributing factors, blamed Jules.
"The Bianchi family are determined that this legal process should require those involved to provide answers and to take responsibility for any failings.
"This is important if current and future drivers are to have confidence that safety in the sport will be put first.
"If this had been the case [at the Japanese Grand Prix] in Suzuka, Jules Bianchi would most likely still be alive and competing in the sport he loved today."