Blake pays tribute to deceased Formula One racing star Bianchi
Jamaican sprint star Yohan Blake has paid a heartfelt tribute to deceased Formula One racing star Jules Bianchi.
Bianchi died earlier this year after spending months in a medically induced coma, resulting from an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix, where he lost control of his Marussia in very wet conditions and collided with a recovery vehicle.
Blake the 2011 100m world champion and world’s second fastest man described Bianchi as a “big-hearted and comical character” who shared a passion for life. According to the sprinter the two met at a Richard Mille charity auction in Japan and there was something immediately likeable about the Frenchman’s character.
“He and I were both ambassadors for the charity and the proceeds from that evening’s event were to benefit needy children at opposite ends of the Earth; the Hitachi Foundation in Japan and my YB Afraid in Jamaica,” Blake revealed in an article in UK Publication The Guardian.
“I watched carefully as Jules cajoled and prodded all of us who sat at the table, as he pulled out all the stops until his gear was sold to the highest bidder. I remember laughing to myself and thinking just how much he reminded me of me.”
Describing Bianchi as a true champion Blake spoke with admiration of the driver’s zeal to succeed to fierce determination.
“If you’ve ever been bitten by the speed bug, then you’ll have a clear understanding of the foundation of my friendship with Jules. We shared a passion for life that was surpassed only by his passion for success. That’s what I saw in him and what piqued my curiosity,” Blake said.
“Jules and I were both born in 1989 and, though he was just five months older than me, I looked up to him with the respect and admiration that you have for a true champion.”