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Bianchi still critical

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi remains "critical but stable" in hospital following his horrific accident at the Japanese Grand Prix on October 5, his family said on Thursday.

The 25-year-old Frenchman suffered a diffuse axonal injury to his brain, where the damage is more widespread, after crashing into a recovery vehicle at Suzuka almost four weeks ago, and underwent immediate surgery upon his arrival at the Mie General Medical Centre in Yokkaichi.

Jules Bianchi crashed at the Japanese Grand Prix. Credit: PA

"It will be four weeks this coming Sunday since Jules' accident and he remains in the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi," it read.

"His condition continues to be classified by the medical professionals here as critical but stable. Although we have no new information to give, we recognise that there are a huge number of people all around the world who are supporting Jules and willing him on in his fight.

"We owe it to his many fans to acknowledge the continued outpouring of messages, and to provide some information, however brief it may be."

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F1 team Marussia in administration

The Marussia Formula One team have been placed in administration, administrators FRP Advisory have confirmed.

Marussia haven't had a tough year. Credit: PA

London-based restructuring and recovery firm FRP Advisory has taken on the role of administrator, and confirmed Marussia will miss this weekend's forthcoming United States Grand Prix in Austin.

A statement from FRP confirmed the company, known as Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited and trading as Marussia F1 Team, "will continue to operate while the joint administrators assess the longer-term viability of the company in its present form".

Calls for safety changes in Formula One after accident

Pedro de la Rosa and Felipe Massa believe safety changes need to be made following the accident this week that cost Marussia test driver Maria De Villota her right eye.

Pedro de la Rosa, chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association said: "We will put the facts on the table to see if there is anything we need to change to improve.

"We need to make sure, between the FIA, the teams and the GPDA, that we make changes for the future because it's not good enough.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa in 2010 Credit: Press Association

Massa, involved in his own accident three years ago that nearly cost him his life said:

"The FIA need to understand as well, to put everything in place for maximum safety that we need to have."

Test driver 'conscious'

Marussia test driver Maria De Villota is conscious after suffering what were initially described as "life-threatening injuries" in a test crash earlier today.

The 32-year-old Spaniard crashed into a support truck and it is understood she has been receiving treatment for head and face injuries.

"Maria is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing. The team will await the outcome of these assessments before providing further comment. The team's first priority at this time is Maria and her family."

– Marussia team statement

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Messages of support flood in for Maria

Marussia F1 team release statement on crash

At approximately 09.15am, the Marussia F1 Team's test driver, Maria De Villota, had an accident in the team's MR-01 race car at Duxford Airfield where she was testing the car for the first time. The accident happened at the end of her first installation run and involved an impact with the team's support truck. Maria has been transferred to hospital. Once her medical condition has been assessed, a further statement will be issued.

– Marussia spokesperson

The F1 Marussia Cosworth team are based in Banbury and there is further coverage on this story at ITV Meridian.

Pictures: Maria de Villota before race incident

Maria de Villota is currently being treated for life threatening injuries at Addenbrookes Hospital after a collision with a lorry in her F1 test vehicle at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire.

The following images were published on her team Marussia F1's twitter page before the race.

Villota interviewed before taking to the track today. Credit: Marussia F1 Team Twitter
Villota in her F1 test car before the incident. Credit: Marussia F1 Team Twitter
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