It's a shame we have to start the weekend off with such a somber note, but unfortunately, Jules Bianchi who raced for the Formula 1 team, Marussia, has passed away at age 25.

Bianchi was involved in a controversial accident that happened back in October 2014 at the Japanese Grand Prix held at the Suzuka Circuit. As a tractor was removing another F1 car that had "gone off," Bianchi's Marussia car slid off track and hit the back of the tractor.

Many who follow F1 seem to agree that Bianchi's career was starting to show promise.

What makes this incident particularly sad is that many have attributed it largely due to poor decision-making of those saying the race should be held in the event of an incoming typhoon as well as the lack of a safety car while the originally crashed F1 racer was being hauled out via tractor.

We wish there were better answers out there, but that's just not the case in this tragic accident.

We offer our condolences to the Bianchi family as well as the Marussia F1 team.

A press release from the Bianchi family follows:

A Statement from the Bianchi Family

Nice, France
Saturday 18 July 2015
02.45hrs France ¦ 01.45hrs UK

It is with deep sadness that the parents of Jules Bianchi, Philippe and Christine, his brother Tom and sister Mélanie, wish to make it known that Jules passed away last night at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) in Nice, (France) where he was admitted following the accident of 5th October 2014 at Suzuka Circuit during the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix.

"Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end," said the Bianchi family. "The pain we feel is immense and indescribable. We wish to thank the medical staff at Nice's CHU who looked after him with love and dedication. We also thank the staff of the General Medical Center in the Mie Prefecture (Japan) who looked after Jules immediately after the accident, as well as all the other doctors who have been involved with his care over the past months.

"Furthermore, we thank Jules' colleagues, friends, fans and everyone who has demonstrated their affection for him over these past months, which gave us great strength and helped us deal with such difficult times. Listening to and reading the many messages made us realise just how much Jules had touched the hearts and minds of so many people all over the world.

"We would like to ask that our privacy is respected during this difficult time, while we try to come to terms with the loss of Jules."

F1 Racer, Jules Bianchi, Passes From Injuries Related To 2014 Crash At Suzuka

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