Reading FC Tributes To Formula 1 Driver

Statement after Jules' tragic death

Everybody at Reading Football Club would like to offer our sincere condolences to Jules Bianchi's family, teammates and colleagues after his tragic death.

Jules raced for the Marussia team whose former home was in Banbury, and who were formerly partners with the Royals; their logo appearing on our shirt in 2013/14 and our logo on their car for a number of races in 2013.

Representatives from the Club met Jules as part of our partnership and he was a warm, personable young man with fantastic talent; the type of character to make any family exceptionally proud.

His passing at the age of just 25 is simply too sad for words. May he rest in peace.

Statement from the Bianchi family:

It is with deep sorrow that the parents of Jules Bianchi, Philippe and Christine, his brother Tom and his sister Mélanie, announce the death of Jules yesterday evening at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Nice, in France, where he had been admitted as a result of his accident on the circuit of Suzuka, during the Grand Prix of Japan on 5 October 2014.

"Jules fought until the end, as he has always done, but yesterday, his battle has ended", the Bianchi family said. "We feel an immense and indescribable pain. We want to thank the medical staff in Nice, who cared for him with love and dedication.

"We also want to thank the staff of the General Medical Centre in Japan who took care of Jules immediately after his accident, as well as all the other doctors who have been involved in the fight that he has conducted over the past months.

"Similarly, we wish to thank the friends of Jules, his supporters and all those who have proved their affection during this period. They gave us the force necessary to resist these terrible moments. Listening to and reading their very many messages has shown us how Jules had raised an affection so deep with so many people around the world.

"We ask you to respect our privacy during these very difficult hours, during which we are trying to cope with the loss of Jules."