Bianchi's father says he still can't watch F1

Jules Bianchi's father has said he still cannot bear to watch Formula 1 races, as the anniversary of his son's accident approaches.

Philippe Bianchi has said that he still feels intense pain from the death of his son, who passed away in July as the result of the head injuries he suffered in a crash at last year's Japanese Grand Prix.

In an emotional interview with the BBC, Bianchi 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. Jules is missed a lot by all his family, all the fans, all his friends, it is very difficult."

He also said that he could also not bring himself to watch videos of the crash which captured the moment Bianchi struck a recovery vehicle

"I don't know what happened because for the moment I don't want to see the video of the incident. Perhaps in one month, two months, six months, I don't know," he said.

"I can't see pictures of the crash of Jules. It's not possible for me to say something about the crash because it's too difficult for me to look at the video."

No recovery chance

Although Jules Bianchi spent nine months in a coma, Philippe said it had become clear to him for a while that his son would never recover.

And, having been so close to his son, it meant it was a particularly tough thing to deal with.

"When the months pass and you see Jules every day the same and you understand at that moment that it's not possible for him to come back because the damage is too important," he said.

"The problem when Jules had this crash, I think that his head and his brain were finished, because he had too much damage in his brain.

"You have two things - the neurological and the physical - and Jules had a very big physical presence, and I think he stayed in life because physically he is very strong.

"I think that Jules is with me now but it's difficult because he phoned me and his mother every day, and now it is one year that I can't speak with Jules and his mother can't speak with him."

He added: "And for nine months I can't touch him and can't give him a kiss. But Jules was a very good boy, he was very near his family, and it's terrible."

Foundation idea

Philippe Bianchi has said that he wants to eventually set up a foundation in memory of his son which will help young drivers

"He was in motorsport since he was three years old on my go-kart track, and all his life he loved motorsport," he explained.

"I want to make a foundation to help young drivers perhaps in go-kart who don't have money and who need some people to give them experience."

He added: "I speak with a lot of drivers in Formula 1 and am sure that they want to help me because I think that all the drivers are very touched by this dramatic incident and I know that I have a lot of people beside me who want to help - the sponsors and the drivers of Formula 1.

"I'm sure I can make something good for Jules. It's important now because Jules is not here, but it's difficult because he is missed a lot."

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Series Formula 1
Event Japanese GP
Track Suzuka
Drivers Jules Bianchi
Teams Manor Racing
Article type Breaking news