Jules Bianchi: Sebastian Vettel dedicates win to Frenchman

By Andrew BensonChief F1 writer
One of the brightest stars: A tribute to Jules Bianchi

Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari dedicated their Hungarian Grand Prix victory to the memory of the late Jules Bianchi, the team's former reserve driver.

Bianchi died on 17 July, nine months after suffering severe head injuries in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Jules Bianchi remembered with minute's silence in Hungary

Vettel had been one of many active drivers to attend the Frenchman's funeral on the Tuesday before the race.

"We all did the race today for him, trying to race our hearts out from beginning to end," Vettel said.

"If you recap the week we have gone through it is hard to find the right words.

"So it is the least we can do... dedicate this weekend and race to Jules and his family.

"For all of us who were on the grid in Suzuka last year and are on the grid this year, Jules will always remain a part of us when we jump in the car when we race."

A minute's silence was held for Bianchi on the grid before the start of the race. The drivers stood arm in arm in a circle around their helmets, with Bianchi's placed in the centre.

Bianchi's mother and father attended the race and joined the drivers in their tribute to their son.

Hungarian GP: Emotional Sebastian Vettel dedicates win to Jules Bianchi

On his slowing down lap after the race, Vettel said in French: "Merci, Jules. Cette victoire est pour vous (This victory is for you)."

He added in English: "You will always be in our hearts. We know sooner or later you would have been in this team."

That remark is a reference to the revelation by former Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo and ex-team boss Stefano Domenicali last week that the team had decided before his accident that Bianchi would be their replacement for Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, whenever the Finn came to the end of his relationship with the team.

Raikkonen was on course to finish second to Vettel in the race before a late hybrid system failure forced Ferrari to retire his car.

Ferrari's new president Sergio Marchionne said in a statement after the race: "We dedicate this victory to the memory of Jules Bianchi, a fantastic guy whom we all miss terribly."

Red Bull drivers Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo, who completed the podium, also dedicated their results to Bianchi, along with many other drivers including McLaren's Fernando Alonso.

Fernando Alonso hugs Jules Bianchi's father, Philippe
Fernando Alonso hugged Jules Bianchi's father, Philippe, after the minute's silence

The Spaniard, who finished fifth, was among those closest to Bianchi. Alonso was the last driver to leave the circle on the grid and spent time embracing Bianchi's parents before getting into his car.

He said: "It was not an easy weekend especially the minute of silence that was very emotional and very tough to go in the cockpit.

"We are 20 very lucky people working in our passion and we are privileged to drive those cars. Respecting him and the sport, I think we put on a good show."

The drivers placed their helmets on the ground before gathering around for the minute's silence. Jules Bianchi's helmet was among them
The drivers placed their race helmets on the start line along with Jules Bianchi's own, and stood together for one minute's silence with members of Bianchi's family
Minute's silence for Jules Bianchi
The drivers were joined by the Bianchi family for the minute's silence
Fernando Alonso hugs Jules Bianchi's brother, Tom
Alonso also embraced Bianchi's brother, Tom
Ciao Jules message
There was a tribute message on the grid
Jules Bianchi
Fans paid tributes to Jules Bianchi with banners all across the circuit
Sebastian Vettel celebrates Hungarian GP win
Sebastian Vettel said it was fitting that Ferrari should take a rare victory on a day when the team said goodbye to one of their "family"
Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo embrace
Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo (third) were both thrilled with their results
Daniil Kvyat
There were moving tributes from the drivers, including Daniil Kvyat seemingly dedicating his first podium to Jules Bianchi
Sebastian Vettel celebrates Hungarian GP win
Vettel was visibly emotional on the podium

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