FIA Method E World Championship driver Norman Nato has revealed a particular tribute to the late Jule Bianchi.
Each natives of France, Nato and Bianchi grew up racing collectively.
Nato, who will race for Nissan in 2023, has revealed he’ll carry the No.17 with which Bianchi carried in Method 1.
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The quantity was retired within the wake of Bianchi’s loss of life after he fell right into a prolonged coma following a crash on the Japanese Grand Prix.
Bianchi, 24 on the time, crashed right into a stationary tractor that was recovering the stricken automotive of Adrian Sutil that had crashed.
In moist circumstances, Bianchi slid off the monitor and drove underneath the tractor. His helmet made contact with the restoration automobile, rendering him unconscious.
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9 months later, he succumbed to his accidents sustained within the crash.
It was the primary fatality in Method 1 for the reason that loss of life of Ayrton Senna through the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
“Blissful and proud to race underneath quantity 17 in FIA Method E,” Nato wrote.
“This quantity means loads to me. I began in karting and gained championships with the 17.
“Jules additionally raced in F1 with this quantity which makes it much more particular for me.
“Cannot wait to get began.”
Bianchi’s father reacted to the information with coronary heart emojis within the feedback of Nato’s submit.
Bianchi contested 34 grands prix, all with Marussia.
As a part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, he was touted as a future star of Method 1.
Within the wake of his loss of life, a head safety system dubbed the ‘halo’ was developed.
Method 1 debuted the know-how which has since been adopted to feeder classes.
IndyCar has its personal hybrid windscreen and halo system known as the aeroscreen.
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