A number of F1 drivers have been reacting to the news of the death of Jules Bianchi, who passed away overnight at the age of 25.
Bianchi has become the first driver to die following a Formula One accident at a race since Ayrton Senna passed away at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. The Frenchman sustained severe head injuries at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix when his Marussia collided with a recovery vehicle. The 25-year-old had since been in a coma and fighting for his life until his family issued a statement early on Saturday morning to confirm his passing.
Plenty of Bianchi's fellow F1 racers woke up to the tragic news and immediately sent out their heartfelt condolences through their social networks.
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) 18 July 2015
Amigo, compañero, talento, sonrisa. Eterno. Descansa en paz Jules. Siempre con nosotros.😔 — Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) 18 Juillet 2015
Tragic news today. So unfair. One of the best guys on and off track. Rest in peace my friend. #RIPJules
— Marcus Ericsson (@Ericsson_Marcus) 18 Juillet 2015
Very sad news about Jules, we lost a true fighter... All my thoughts go to his family in this difficult time.
— Felipe Nasr (@FelipeNasr) 18 Juillet 2015
RIP Jules😔 — Nico Hülkenberg (@NicoHulkenberg) 18 Juillet 2015
Sad news. Will be hard to know that we won't see you again on Sundays with the happiness that gave us all, Jules! RIP pic.twitter.com/I932oER5Co
— Sergio Pérez (@SChecoPerez) July 18, 2015
Rest in peace , Jules. Forever in my , and our hearts. https://t.co/2PicrWyrWX