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GP Week : Issue 221
BrieFly Twelve months on from the race in which he starred, the Formula One fraternity has rememberred Jules Bianchi. Crossing the line eighth, though relegated to ninth in the standings, Bianchi scored Marussia's first world championship points. Celebrated at the time, the points proved critical in the teams survival, entitling it to more than $40million in prize money. The Frenchman has been in hospital ever since he crashed out of the Japanese Grand Prix last October. Over the weekend his father spoke with French television, giving an update on his son's condition. "The first thing is that Jules is alive,” Bianchi’s father said. “That’s the most important thing for us. He’s fighting with the weapons that he has. In neurological terms, I’m not sure he is able to do much now. The situation is stagnant. Jules’ neurological progress is not what we would like it to be. “Seeing him fighting gives a lot of hope to his loved ones, and it’s important for us,” he added. “While there is life, there is hope, even though after a while you are hoping for a miracle. Every day is difficult. “Every day, when we get up, the telephone is by our side. When we get up every morning, we think of Jules’ life. We think also of his death, because we have to think about death. “We have to think about death because we are in a situation where we know a lot of things can happen. It’s terrible. I think we all stopped living that day, the fifth of October. It’s something you can never expect. “It’s not what Jules wants, being in a hospital bed. It’s not his life... it’s not what we want either. But we have to keep hope.” In Monaco the Manor team sported wrist bands with the words 'Monaco 2014 P8 #JB17' enscribed on them. "They are a very personal team- only tribute," a team spokesperson told GPWeek. OuT TO TeNDer Applications for a new tyre supplier have opened with Michelin and Pirelli both confirming an interest. For now it remains an exclusive deal, so there will be no tyre war in F1 anytime soon. Pirelli has also been pushing for the introduction of 18-inch wheels, Martin Brundle demonstrating them on a GP2 car around Monaco during the weekend. OlD TrIcKs It was inevitable that Sebastian Vettel would be the first to break the same-helmet-for-the- season rule. Observers will have noticed he sported a slightly revised design in Monaco with different writing on the side and a blacked out section at the front giving the impression of a 1970's style lid. MONAcO sPecIAl Vettel's former teammate Daniel Ricciardo had a special helmet design painted for him, the Australian taking to Twitter to show it off and lament the fact he wasn't allowed to use it over the weekend. THAT sINKING FeelING Following the rain which put a dampner on second practice, a sink hole opened on the Monaco circuit on the apex of the newly resurfaced Tabac. Charlie Whiting and Herbie Blash oversaw repairs on Thursday evening which remained in place of the rest of the weekend. 13 GPWEEK.com // 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news twelve months on