F1 arrives in soaking Japan
After the sweltering heat of Singapore last weekend, F1 makes the journey north east to the drenched asphalt of Suzuka. The first two practice sessions have already been plagued with huge amounts of rain, although things are expected to dry up come qualifying and the race itself.
The dour conditions seem to match the sombre atmosphere surrounding the grand prix, as the sport reflects on the tragic collision which left Marussia driver Jules Bianchi with severe head injuries at the end of this race twelve months ago.
The young Frenchman succumbed to his injuries earlier in July this year, and Bianchi’s father Philippe has spoken at length this week about the ordeal his family has been through since.
“I can’t see pictures of the crash of Jules,” he said. “It’s not possible for me to say something about the crash because it’s too difficult for me to look at the video.”
The Marussia team – now racing as Manor – have said they will mark the anniversary in a “very private way”, although team boss John Booth has said they will also celebrate “[Bianchi’s] incredible achievements in our race cars and the enjoyable times we shared along the way.”