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© Valdrin Xhemaj, AFP | Jules Bianchi's Marussia teammates pause in his support at the Russian Grand Prix on October 12.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-11-19

French Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi is out of his medically-induced coma and was flown to France overnight, his family said on Wednesday. The driver was seriously injured at the Japanese Grand Prix last month.

In a statement published on the Facebook page of Bianchi's fan club, his parents Philippe and Christine said: "Jules is no longer in the artificial coma in which he was placed shortly after the accident, however he is still unconscious. He is breathing unaided and his vital signs are stable, but his condition is still classified as ‘critical’."

The family said Bianchi had been airlifted to the neurosurgery unit of Nice university hospital, where a new phase of treatment would now start to improve his brain function.

"We have nothing but praise for the outstanding care provided by the Mie Prefectural General Medical Center" in Japan, they added.

Bianchi had been treated there since colliding at high speed with a tractor removing another driver's crashed car during the Suzuka Grand Prix on October 5.

Date created : 2014-11-19

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