F1 to pay tribute to Bianchi on Sunday

To honor the late Jules Bianchi, Formula One will take a moment of silence before the Hungarian Grand Prix at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday.

The Frenchman succumbed to his injuries Friday, nine months after suffering severe head injuries sustained in an accident at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

Bianchi’s funeral was held Tuesday in his hometown of Nice which saw several current and former Formula One drivers attend, along with several officials.

The 25-year-old’s death is the first in Formula One since the late Ayrtona Senna at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994.

Along with Sunday’s moment of silence and considered by many as the ultimate sign of respect, the FIA announced earlier this week it will retire Bianchi’s No. 17.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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