Formula One racing's governing body, the FIA, has said that Marussia’s Jules Bianchi has suffered a severe head injury and is undergoing surgery following his serious accident in Sunday's 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix.
Bianchi collided with a recovery vehicle which was removing the damaged Sauber car of Adrian Sutil in the latter stages of the race, which was then red-flagged and not re-started. The Frenchman was quickly taken to hospital.
"The CT scan shows that he has suffered a severe head injury and is currently undergoing surgery,” read a statement. “Following this he will be moved to intensive care where he will be monitored."
Further information will be issued by the hospital when it becomes available.
The FIA statement in full:"On lap 42, Adrian Sutil lost control of his car, spun and hit the tyre barrier on the outside of Turn 7. The marshals displayed double waved yellow flags before the corner to warn drivers of the incident. A recovery vehicle was dispatched in order to lift the car and take it to a place of safety behind the guard rail. While this was being done the driver of car 17, Jules Bianchi, lost control of his car, travelled across the run-off area and hit the back of the tractor.
"Once the marshals reported that the driver was injured, medical teams were dispatched and the safety car was deployed. These were followed by an extrication team and an ambulance. The driver was removed from the car, taken to the circuit medical centre and then by ambulance to Mie General Hospital.
"The CT scan shows that he has suffered a severe head injury and he is currently undergoing surgery. Following this he will be moved to intensive care where he will be monitored.
"Mie General Hospital will issue an update as soon as further information becomes available."