SUZUKA, Japan - Formula One driver Jules Bianchi was in critical condition Sunday after crashing at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Bianchi was unconscious when he was taken to a hospital after a crash in the rain-shortened race. He had emergency surgery after a scan revealed a severe head injury.
Bianchi, 25, was to be moved to intensive care, officials of governing body FIA said.
The race was red-flagged with nine laps left after Bianchi, driving for Marussia, went off at Turn 7, where Sauber's Adrian Sutil had crashed earlier. The Sauber was being recovered by a crane when Bianchi went off.
Sutil indicated Bianchi's car hit the crane.
"I aquaplaned," Sutil said. "The rain got more and more. One lap later with waved yellow flags, Jules came around and had the same spin there, and that was it. It was the same crash (spot), but the outcome was different."
At the time of the crash, rain was falling steadily, and it was getting dark. Several drivers complained of not being able to see properly.
Lewis Hamilton won the race, increasing his series lead to 10 points over Mercedes teammate and race runnerup Nico Rosberg.
NHRA: Matt Hagan won the NHRA Nationals in Mohnton, Pa., to take the Funny Car points lead, though his engine exploded as he crossed the finish line. Tony Schumacher won in Top Fuel, Rodger Brogdon in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle.