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Jules Bianchi’s father finds F1 ‘too difficult’ to watch now as Japanese GP looms

Months after losing his son in an F1 crash, Philippe Bianchi, father of late Jules Bianchi said it’s ‘too difficult for him to watch the sport, as the one-year anniversary of his son’s fatal crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix approaches.

In an exclusive interview to BBC Sport, Philippe said, “Perhaps in a few months, a few years, I can see again a grand prix, I don’t know, but for the moment, it is too difficult.”

“It’s a difficult moment because it marks one year now that Jules had his crash, and this week is not a good week for the Bianchi family,” Philippe added.

The 25-year-old French driver suffered severe head injuries in last year’s Japanese Grand Prix when his Marussia car skidded off the wet track in poor light and collided with a recovery crane last October.

F1 will return to the Suzuka circuit this weekend for the first time since the incident happened.

Notably, Bianchi became the first F1 driver to succumb to injuries sustained in a grand prix since Ayrton Senna in 1994, when he died in hospital in France in July.

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