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France's Bianchi Seriously Injured in Japan F1 Race

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Marussia driver Jules Bianchi of France leads Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi of France leads Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.

A French Formula One driver is fighting for his life after crashing on a rain-slicked racetrack in Japan.

Jules Bianchi lost control of his car on the wet track in Suzuka, Japan, after rain delayed the race start, hitting a tractor that was removing a disable vehicle.

Formula One's governing International Motoring Federation (FIA) said Bianchi was rushed to the hospital for immediate surgery after suffering a "severe head injury."

The crash overshadowed a victory by Lewis Hamilton, who won the Japanese Grand Prix when race officials cut the race short after Bianchi's crash.

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