The father of Marussia Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi has insisted that his son will continue fighting while he remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital with a serious head injury.
The 25-year-old Frenchman suffered a diffuse axonal injury after colliding with a recovery vehicle, which was removing Adrian Sutil's Sauber during the rain-affected Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka earlier this month.
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Philippe Bianchi said: "The situation is desperate. Every time the telephone goes, we know it could be the hospital to tell us that Jules is dead. He will not give up, I'm sure of that. I can see it. I believe it.
"I speak to him. I know he can hear me. His doctors have told us that this is already a miracle, no one has ever survived such a serious accident. But Jules won't give up. His trainer Andrea says that if there is one person who can make it happen, with his will, it's Jules."
Bianchi is being treated at Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi.