Toward the end of the Japanese Grand Prix in early October, Marussia driver Jules Bianchi crashed into a recovery truck that was removing Adrian Sutil's Sauber from the circuit. Taken to the Mie Prefectural General Medical Center for care, the Frenchman had been in an artificial coma for the past seven weeks while doctors attended to his severe head injuries.
UPDATE: F1 appears to have successfully blocked video footage of Bianchi's crash from appearing on YouTube, as the footage we previously had available for viewing has been pulled. You can read more about the racing series' efforts to get video providers to expunge images of the accident in our related story here.
Whoops. That's a word nobody wants to hear in racing, and that's especially true in Formula 1, where the cars cost untold millions to design, develop, build and operate. In other words, just about any 'whoops' is an expensive 'whoops.'
Spanish Formula One driver Maria de Villota has been released from the hospital following treatment for injuries sustained from a crash with a support truck during testing early last month. Doctors at La Paz University Hospital in Madrid found de Villota hadn't suffered any neurological damage in the Marussia MR-01 crash and will not require brain surgery. Even so, physicians will continue to monitor her injuries, and the driver is expected to undergo plastic surgery in the near future to addr