Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix, his third consecutive win, effectively extending his driver's championship points lead to 10 ahead of Mercedes-Benz teammate and rival Nico Rosberg. However, Hamilton's triumph over the rainy and treacherous conditions at Suzuka were overshadowed by Marussia driver Jules Bianchi's serious accident that ended the race. 

On lap 42, Adrian Sutil lost control of his Sauber at turn 7 and struck a tire barrier. Marshals immediately waved yellows to slow the grid in order to bring a recovery truck to extract the Sauber from the runoff. Unfortunately, Jules Bianchi lost control of his car on lap 43 in identical fashion as Sutil, and struck the back of the recovery truck. 

According to the latest reports, Jules Bianchi suffered head injury and required immediate surgery to save his life. Currently, Jules Bianchi is in critical but stable condition, reported an FIA spokesman from Mie General Hospital. 

Marussia issued the following statement shortly after the accident:

"Following the accident involving Jules Bianchi during yesterday's 2014 Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit, the Marussia F1 Team would like to acknowledge the huge outpouring of support and affection for Jules and the Team at this very difficult time.  

"With regard to the communication of information concerning Jules' medical condition, we will respect, and be guided by, the wishes of the Bianchi family. Together with Jules' care, they will remain our highest priority. Therefore, we would ask for patience and understanding with regard to further medical updates, which will be communicated in conjunction with the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi, where Jules is being treated, when they feel it is appropriate.  

"Representatives of the Marussia F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari will remain at the hospital to support Jules and the Bianchi family."