Nice names street after late star Bianchi
24 January 2017 – Officials in Jules Bianchi's home city of Nice have named a street after the late Formula 1 driver, with a sign formally presented during a special ceremony on Monday.
Bianchi suffered severe head injuries in an accident at the rain-hit 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, when he struck a recovery vehicle, and died in hospital nine months later, aged 25.
Bianchi entered 34 races with the Marussia team, scoring valuable points earlier in the 2014 season with a ninth-place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix, a few miles from Nice.
Compatriot Jean-Éric Vergne posted a photograph of the street sign on social media, with the title 'Rue Jules Bianchi', followed by 'Pilote de Formula 1' and the dates 1989-2015.
Vergne added: "Merci Nice... we miss you Jules", with the hashtag #JulesForever.
Bianchi's chosen number, 17, was retired following his death.