Jules Bianchi’s father, Philippe, is praying for a miracle after admitting his son’s recovery is now stagnant, leading the family to consider the worst-case scenario.
This weekend represents the one year anniversary of the Frenchman’s first and only points scoring race – a feat he achieved for the Marussia F1 team – when he finished eighth in Monaco, but was later demoted to ninth to score two points.
Bianchi remains hospitalised near his home in Nice, where he has been for almost six months now, on top of the two months he spent at a hospital near the scene of his accident in Suzuka, Japan.
Whilst he is no longer in an induced coma, he remains unconscious with very little sign of progress according to his father during an interview with Canal+.
“The first thing is Jules is alive, that’s the most important thing for us,” he said. “He’s fighting with the weapons he has, but in neurological terms I’m not sure he is able to do much now.
“Seeing him fighting gives a lot of hope to his loved ones, and it’s important for us. While there is life, there is hope, even though after a while you are hoping for a miracle. Every day is difficult.
“The situation is stagnant. Jules’ neurological progress is not what we would like it to be.”
Philippe says that’s led the family to begin considering the worst-case scenario, but they also remain hopeful as anything can happen.
“When we get up every morning we think of Jules’ life, we think also of his death,” he added. “We have to think about death because we are in a situation where we know a lot of things can happen. It’s terrible.
“I think we all stopped living that day, the fifth of October. It’s something you can never expect.
“It’s not what Jules wants, being in a hospital bed. It’s not his life, it’s not what we want either. But we have to keep hope.”