Jules Bianchi F1 stars attend late driver's funeral

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button and Romain Grosjean all attended the funeral service at the Sainte Reparate Cathedral service Nice

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Formula One stars were in full attendance  this morning at the funeral of late driver Jules Bianchi in Nice, France.

The 25-year-old died of critical head injuries sustained at last year's Japanese Grand Prix.

Bianchi had been in a coma since the accident at Suzuka last October and passed away at a hospital in Nice, near his parents' home in the south of France.

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button and Romain Grosjean all attended the funeral service at the Sainte Reparate Cathedral service Nice.

FIA president Jean Todt and former F1 star Alain Prost were also there to console the grieving father of Bianchi's father Philippe was pictured weeping outside the city's cathedral.

Bianchi made his debut for Marussia in 2013 at the Australian Grand Prix where he finished 13th.

He He failed to win a point that season but managed a 13th-place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Bianchi scored his and Marussia's first points in F1 at the Monaco Grand Prix the next season when he finished ninth, and he impressed so much that he was tipped as a future Ferrari driver.

He had the fatal clash after losing control of his car during wet conditions at the Suzuka circuit and collided with a tractor crane that was removing Adrian Sutil's Sauber which had crashed a lap earlier.

The race was red flagged and ended nine laps early as medics attended to Bianchi, who was later taken to hospital and underwent surgery on a severe head injury.

He remained in hospital in Japan before later being moved to France but failed to show any improvement in his condition.

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