Jules Bianchi’s family have announced that they are taking legal action in the UK against Formula One’s governing body the FIA, the Formula One Group and the Marussia Formula One team following the death of the Frenchman last year as a result of the injuries he suffered in an accident at the Suzuka circuit in 2014.
In a statement, Pilippi Bianchi, Jules’ father stated:
We seek justice for Jules, and want to establish the truth about the decisions that led to our son’s crash at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2014. As a family, we have so many unanswered questions and feel that Jules’ accident and death could have been avoided if a series of mistakes had not been made.
The family are being represented by Stewarts Law and partner Julian Chamberlayne commented by saying:
Jules Bianchi’s death was avoidable, The FIA Panel Inquiry Report into this accident made numerous recommendations to improve safety in Formula 1 but failed to identify where errors had been made which led to Jules’ death.
Chamberlayne went on to say:
It was surprising and distressing to the Bianchi family that the FIA panel in its conclusions, whilst noting a number of contributing factors, blamed Jules. The Bianchi family are determined that this legal process should require those involved to provide answers and to take responsibility for any failings. This is important if current and future drivers are to have confidence that safety in the sport will be put first. If this had been the case [at the Japanese Grand Prix] in Suzuka, Jules Bianchi would most likely still be alive and competing in the sport he loved today.