British Grand Prix – Formula 1 personnel have paid tribute to the late Jules Bianchi, on the second anniversary of the death of the popular Frenchman.
Bianchi passed away on the 17th July 2015, two weeks shy of his 26th birthday, having never regained consciousness after a serious accident at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
Driving for the now defunct Marussia team at the time, his best result in Formula 1 was an immensely popular P9 at the Monaco Grand Prix that same year. Signed to the Ferrari Driver Academy, Bianchi had tested extensively for the Scuderia, including standing in for a shaken Kimi Raikkonen at an in-season official test after the Finn crashed heavily during the British Grand Prix.
He is survived by his parents Phillippe & Christine, who set up the Jules Bianchi Association in his honour, aiming to help fund medical brain injury units in France, as well as the careers of budding karters who need help and guidance. The FIA retired Jules’ permanent race number 17 in his honour.
On this day, the second anniversary of his death, his former rivals and friends from across the Formula 1 world showed that he will always remain in their hearts:
— Graeme (@graeme_lowdon) July 17, 2017
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) July 17, 2017
Thinking of you, my friend. pic.twitter.com/sa8TbHnlsi
— Esteban Gutierrez (@EstebanGtz) July 17, 2017
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) July 17, 2017
July 17 2015 – two years later JB17 always in our heart. pic.twitter.com/T43sOu0d7Z
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) July 17, 2017
— Felipe Massa (@MassaFelipe19) July 17, 2017
Remembering Jules Bianchi.
— WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) July 17, 2017