It was revealed during the Monaco GP this year that Bianchi’s family had launched legal action against the FIA and its “investigation” into the crash that claimed Jules’ life at Suzuka in 2014.
The word “investigation” is misused heavily in the corporate framework of this world. When a major bank, a political party or organizations like the FIA performs an “investigation”, it isn’t one really is it? Let’s call it “self-policing” at least, because that’s exactly what it is.
Why an organization that wasn’t affiliated with Formula One couldn’t neutrally look into the incident that caused the death of one of its participants is beyond belief. The FIA’s official “self-policing” resulted in most of the blame being put at the door of Jules Bianchi.
The FIA’s statement revealed that “Bianchi did not slow sufficiently to avoid losing control”. That’s handy, it curve-balls blame to a guy that’s no longer here to give his side. The issue with the official statement is that its focus on Jules’ speed conveniently takes the focus away from the massive f*cking crane that was recovering Adrian Sutil’s Sauber. There is no way that a car that has the sort of impact that the Sauber had cannot be manually removed by marshall’s when it’s that close to a Marshall post.
— Jon Noble (@NobleF1) July 17, 2016
With regard to the legal battle, Phillipe Bianchi admits that his motivation for the legal battle ahead is to preserve the memory of his son. He said,
“I have lost the single-most important thing in my life and have nothing to lose. I want the memory of Jules to be right. It’s not possible for me and his mother to see people that say it was Jules’ responsibility.
My motivation is just to make justice for Jules. I know that Jules is here and when he listens to people saying it’s his responsibility, it’s not possible. Formula One has to be more spectacular, sure.
But more dangerous? It’s stupid. You have to change and have more security, because my son is dead now.”
– Phillipe Bianchi
There’s been mixed reactions in the F1 community, with a lot of fans propping up the “he knew the risk” argument against the incident. Whilst hindsight is a wonderful thing, the official verdict should not be one that accredits sole blame to Jules Bianchi for the incident.