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I know most of you don't watch Formula 1 or even care, but if you come across this, please just take a moment to send a prayer for Jules Bianchi. He was one of the hottest rising stars in motorsport, one of the kindest and polite faces in the garage, and destined to be a world champion. Or so I thought. He was involved in a major collision with a recovery vehicle in Japan in October 2014. The vehicle was removing a stranded car from the side of the race track when Bianchi lost control of his own race car in very treacherous, rainy conditions and collided with it. It left him with severe head injuries and despite the best efforts of the course marshals, the track doctors, and the experts at the hospital in Nice, it was to no avail. After a hard fought battle through a coma, he finally succumb to his injuries last night, July 17, 2015. The first F1 driver to lose their life in a race weekend since the legendary Ayrton Senna and the overshadowed Roland Ratzenberger at San Marino in 1994. 

For me, this is very close to home. So I ask that you always remember to always cherish your loved ones, even if they irritate you or make you angry. You just never know what could happen and how quickly they could be gone. 

Rest in Power, Jules. #ForzaJules #JB17 We will always remember you.
“How are ya feeling, mate?”

Inside a tight, compact garage, a team of people was hard at work preparing a car. This wasn’t quite your ordinary car. In fact, it looked more like it could take off like a plane than having four wheels planted to the ground. The entire machine sat just a few inches from the ground with many strange components connected to the chassis. A large wing sat across the front set of tires, acting as a sort of barrier to them, but there were no fenders to speak of on this vehicle. Complex suspension, wishbone, and brake components hooked up with the fat Pirelli tires that allowed it to roll. Further behind it, three large gaps in the car, one on both sides and the third at the top, allowed it to take in air for cooling purposes as there were no accessories to cool the car outside of moving air. Lastly, behind the rear tires, sat a thin, yet tall rear wing. The flap on it could open to allow greater speeds to be achieved. Just under the tall wing was the engine bay, containing a convoluted system of air, fuel, and moving parts to power the car.

In the middle of the metal, carbon fibre, and rubber sat flesh and blood. He was covered, bottom to top, in fire protective clothing and a sturdy, colorful helmet. The team continued to work around him, making tweaks to the automobile, sharing data with each member, and hustling around to complete the work in time. A car identical to this one was sat in the connecting garage to the left. The driver inside the car did not answer the question he was asked, instead as if in some sort of trance.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Jolyon McGonigal and I am a racing driver.

One of the engineers knocked on his helmet.

“Anyone home? It’s rude to ignore people like that.”

The driver looked like he had snapped out of it. His hand came up, giving a small wave of acknowledgement. The glove looked strange though. It was quite narrow, seemingly custom-made.

I worked my way up through many different series. I started karting when I was eight, eventually moving up into single-seaters when I was fifteen.

“Well, I just wanted to wish ya well, mate. You’ve come a long way and I know you’ll make the whole team proud and send the Australian crowd into roars of cheering.”

Despite all that’s happened to me, racing was the one thing I clung to. It gave me hope. It kept me sane. It gave me peace.

“Remember, just think of this like GP2. Hit your marks, keep your head cool, and make the most of the events that happen on track.”

I might be a Lucario, but I’m a racing driver first. That’s all that matters.

The engineer tapped the driver on the helmet, then the car was set down to rest on the tires and, with a quick, loud rev, the car pulled out of the garage onto the sunny pit lane. The crowd cheered with delight as the white Formula 1 car started its reconnaissance lap through the beautiful landscape of Albert Park.

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I know most of you don't watch Formula 1 or even care, but if you come across this, please just take a moment to send a prayer for Jules Bianchi. He was one of the hottest rising stars in motorsport, one of the kindest and polite faces in the garage, and destined to be a world champion. Or so I thought. He was involved in a major collision with a recovery vehicle in Japan in October 2014. The vehicle was removing a stranded car from the side of the race track when Bianchi lost control of his own race car in very treacherous, rainy conditions and collided with it. It left him with severe head injuries and despite the best efforts of the course marshals, the track doctors, and the experts at the hospital in Nice, it was to no avail. After a hard fought battle through a coma, he finally succumb to his injuries last night, July 17, 2015. The first F1 driver to lose their life in a race weekend since the legendary Ayrton Senna and the overshadowed Roland Ratzenberger at San Marino in 1994. 

For me, this is very close to home. So I ask that you always remember to always cherish your loved ones, even if they irritate you or make you angry. You just never know what could happen and how quickly they could be gone. 

Rest in Power, Jules. #ForzaJules #JB17 We will always remember you.

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