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French driver in hospital after Japanese crash

MARUSSIA driver Jules Bianchi is reportedly still in a critical condition in intensive care following three hours of surgery after a horror smash in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Reports on his condition varied yesterday, but Sky Sports UK confirmed the Frenchman was still fighting for his life.

His team said it had no update on the advice issued by the FIA following the crash, which read: "The CT scan shows that he (Bianchi) has suffered a severe head injury and he is undergoing surgery. Following this he will be moved to intensive care."

With heavy rain drenching the Suzuka circuit, Bianchi (pictured) spun off the track with nine laps remaining, crashing into a recovery vehicle that was removing the damaged Sauber of Adrian Sutil who crashed a lap earlier. F1 Championship leader Lewis Hamilton won the race.


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