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

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.
  • Kevin J. Delaney
By Kevin J. Delaney

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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.”

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