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Bianchi condition ‘more terrible than if he had died’ – Philippe

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Bianchi condition 'more terrible than if he had died' - Philippe
Philippe Bianchi admits that he is becoming “less optimistic” about his son Jules Bianchi recovering from life-threatening injuries, at last year’s Japanese GP and says the situation is putting the family through “daily torture”.

The 25-year-old has never regained consciousness after sliding into a recovery vehicle during last year’s Japanese grand prix almost ten months ago.

“It’s unbearable, it’s a daily torture,” Philippe Bianchi told France Info radio on Monday.

“We sometimes feel like we’re going crazy, because for me, it certainly is more terrible than if he had died. For we’re not able to help him more than we can.

“In general, progress needs to be made in the first six months, and now it’s been nine months and Jules has still not woken up and there is no significant progress.

“As time goes by, it makes me less optimistic than I might have been two or three months after the accident when one might have hoped for a better outcome,” he added.

Bianchi’s father had said in May that the family is having to consider the possibility that Jules will eventually die.

Now, he explains: “It’s hard to get up in the morning while telling yourself that you’re not sure whether your son is going to live and every day is like that.”

Mr Bianchi revealed that he had once spoken to his son about the head injuries suffered by F1 legend Michael Schumacher in a late 2013 skiing fall.

“He (Jules) told us that if one day he had an accident like Michael Schumacher’s, even if his only handicap was not being able to drive, he would have a lot of difficulty living with it. Because it (racing) was his life,” he said. (ThisisF1/GMM)

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