Lewis Hamilton among mourners at Jules Bianchi’s funeral in Nice
The Formula One world champion was among the mourners to gather at Sainte-Réparate Cathedral in Nice for Jules Bianchi’s funeral on Tuesday.
following the devastating brain injuries he sustained in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix on 5 October of last year.
The 25-year-old, who had been tipped to be a future world champion, never regained consciousness after he hit a recovery vehicle head-on at the race in Suzuka.
He was the first F1 driver to die as a result of injuries sustained at a grand prix weekend since Ayrton Senna. The three-times world champion was killed at the San Marino Grand Prix on 1 May, 1994.
Hamilton, on his social media accounts to Bianchi on Monday evening, joined a number of his peers to pay their respects to Bianchi prior to this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Bianchi’s compatriot Romain Grosjean, a close friend of the former Marussia driver, greeted Felipe Massa, Nico Hulkenberg and Daniil Kvyat, as they arrived for the service on Tuesday. Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and four-times champion Alain Prost were also in attendance.
Pallbearers carried Bianchi’s coffin into Nice cathedral shortly after 9am BST while his race helmet was also taken into the service. Two large portraits of the Frenchman hung outside the cathedral.
It was announced on Monday that the , 17, from Formula One. It is also expected that the grid will observe a one-minute silence ahead of Sunday’s race at the Hungaroring.