Many people present in the Formula 1 field paid tribute to the French racer by attending the funeral of Jules Bianchi in Nice after he died nine months after an accident in Japan last week.
The funeral took place in the Sainte Reparate Cathedral, which was decorated outside with Bianchi’s large portraits in Marussa’s clothing. Wreaths were laid in the nearby square, and spectators were able to watch the ceremony from there through a sound system.
The event was attended by world champions Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button and Alain Prost, and among other racers, Romain Grosjean, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvat, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg, Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Massa showed respect.
John Booth, Marussia team boss, Graeme Lowdon, Marussia president and sporting director, and FIA president Jean Todt also joined the assembled crowd. It was already confirmed earlier this week that it will in memory of the dead racer number 17 worn by Bianchi, permanently withdrawn from the championship.
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