Jules Lucien André Bianchi was born on August 3, 1989 in Nice, France to Philippe and Christine Bianchi. He had two siblings who are Tom Bianchi and Mélanie Bianchi. He was born into a family of racers, including his grandfather Mauro Bianchi who was a successful Formula Three and endurance racer and his great-uncle Lucien Bianchi who scored a podium at the 1968 Formula One at the Monaco Grand Prix.
His interest in racing started at the age of five, where he started participating in karting. His father own a kart track, so he was able to continuously nourish his love and interest for racing. At the age of 14 (2004), he started racing in the Kart Junior category, where he won second place at the French championships and the European championships. This became an early indication of his future success as a professional racer. At the age of 16, he started racing with cars, and was managed by Nicolas Todt, the son of FIA President Jean Todt.
Beginning of Professional Racing Career
Hi first racing season started at the Formula Renault 2.0 in 2007, which he won. In 2008, he went on to win third place in the Formula 3 Euro championship. The racing war then watched Jules compete in the GP2 Asia season and the 201o GP2 season, where he took two pole positions and some points positions. He did suffer from an injury from a head on collision with Ho-Pin Tung at Hungaroring, where he fractured his lumbar vertebra. However, he was able to gain third place. Still with ART in 2011, he earned second place in the 2011 GP2 Asia Series. In the main series, he won third place falling behing Luca Filippi and the winner Romain Grosjean. At the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, he earned second place.
Ferrari Formula One and Accident
Bianchi started testing for the Ferrari the first and second of December in 2009. Due to his successful performance he became the first recruit of the Ferrari Driver Academy, entering into a long-term deal with the team. He would continue to test on different teams a part of the Ferrari Driver Academy over the next two to three years.
He debuted his first Formula race in 2013 at the Marussia F1, he qualified 19th for the Australian Grand Prix, but finished 15th beating Pastor Maldonado and Daniel Ricciardo. In Malaysia he was again placed at 19th, but finished at the 13th spot. He ended his season at the Japanese Grand Prix, where he was involved in an early race collision with Giedo van der Garde.
He stayed with Marussia in the 2014 season and earned 9th place in the Monaco Grand Prix, which help earned his team’s first World Championship points. At the Japanese Grand Prix on October 5th, the race was under the condition of fading daylight and the heavy rainfall due to the approaching Typhoon Phanfone. Bianchi lost control of his car at the 43rd lap of the race, veered off to the outside of the Dunlop Curve, and collided with a crane that was recovering Adrian Sutil’s car. He was reported unconscious at scene when he was unresponsive to his radio and the marshals. He was transported by ambulance to the Mie Prefectural General Medical Center in Yokkaichi after being treated at the crash site. It was stated by family members that he was in critical condition and had to be operated on to reduce severe head bruising. He was then admitted to intensive care after surgery. Bianchi remained in a critical but stable condition for a month and required medical ventilator. In November he was taken from his artificial coma and was able to breath unaided. He was then relocated to France, where he could be closer to family and friends. He died from his injuries on July 17, 2015 at the age of 25. His funeral was held on July 21, 2015 at the Nice Cathedral.
On May 2016, the Bianchi family announced that they would take legal action against the FIA, Bianchi’s Marussia team and Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One Group.