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So far it looks like the halo will provide that protection.

​Jules Bianchi's family has taken the first steps of legal action against the FIA, the Formula One Group and the Marussia team over the death of their son after the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

Former Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo says that the late F1 driver Jules Bianchi was earmarked to eventually replace Kimi Raikkonen at the Scuderia, if only he had lived long enough.

Jules Bianchi has died following severe head injuries suffered during a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, his family confirmed today.

The latest update from the family of injured Formula One driver Jules Bianchi indicates that he is no longer in the intensive care unit at a French hospital. He is now in a rehabilitation center to begin therapy to improve his condition. Bianchi is still unconscious but is breathing on his own.

Formula One is getting safer all the time, but it's still a fundamentally dangerous way to make a living. That much was underscored when Jules Bianchi crashed during the Japanese Grand Prix nearly two months ago, sustaining serious head trauma. But in a display of how seriously the FIA takes the issue of safety, it convened a special panel to assess the incident. And now that panel has released its findings.

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.

"Diffuse axonal injury is usually associated with a somber prognosis." – Dr. Gary Hartstein

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.

Safety in Formula One racing has come a long way over the past few decades, but accidents still do occur. And when they do, we're reminded of the inherent dangers involved in such a fast-paced form of motorsport.

There are two approaches to hiring a Formula One driver. The first is to go with a seasoned veteran, a driver who's already seen just about anything that is likely to come up on the track or off, and knows how to deal with it. The second is to grab an aspiring rookie who's eager to show his mettle, bereft of the caution that years of experience can impart. The same goes for test drivers, but once in a while a team finds itself having to promote a tester into the race seat.

Jules Bianchi tests for Scuderia Ferrari – Click above for high-res image gallery

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