The Frenchman had only completed five laps when he went off at the challenging Degner Curve. He went to correct a slide on the exit but couldn’t fix the opposite lock due to his elbow being stuck between the seat and the chassis.
His Marussia MR02 was embedded in the tyre wall after a considerable impact with the barriers.
Unfortunately he will now have to sit out of the second session as the damage sustained to the chassis is reparable, but not in the timescale needed to run in the afternoon session.
A statement released by Marussia said: “As a consequence of Jules Bianchi’s accident in this morning’s Free Practice 1 session, his allocated chassis MR02-02 has sustained damage that is repairable but not in sufficient time for him to take part in Free Practice 2. Jules will therefore sit out this afternoon’s session.
“The spare chassis will be built up in time for Jules to resume running in Free Practice 3 on Saturday morning.”
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