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Marussia Formula One driver Jules Bianchi of France speaks to the media after a news conference at the Suzuka circuit October 2, 2014. French driver Bianchi was taken to hospital after being seriously injured in a crash that brought a halt to a wet Japanese Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday. Picture taken October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
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Shortly before the crash.
RIP

Deceased Formula One driver Jules Bianchi discussed his remarkable career in this interview

By Kevin J. Delaney

Formula One racing driver Jules Bianchi died on July 17 from injuries sustained during a crash last October during the Japanese Grand Prix, his family announced in a message on Facebook. The death of France’s Bianchi, who raced for Marussia F1, is the first driver fatality in connection with a F1 championship event since 1994. Bianchi had been in a coma since the crash on a wet section of the track in Suzuka left him with severe head injuries.

In this interview with NBC Sports last year, Bianchi discussed his start driving go-karts at three years old through his remarkable 2014 Monaco Grand Prix performance, where he placed 9th.

“It was always the dream,” a soft-spoken Bianchi said of ascending to race in Formula One.  Asked whether he thought he would ever become F1 world champion, “I will do all that I can to become one, one day,” Bianchi said. “And if I can’t, I will have no regrets.”