Ferrari Fans have recently launched a petition to request that the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 2017 car be named in tribute to Jules Bianchi, by using the initials of the young driver – who died on 17th July 2015 after spending nine months in a coma following a tragic accident during the 2014 Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix – to designate SF17-JB. The petition hopes to immortalise the life and achievements of Jules Bianchi.
Born in Nice, France, the talented motor racing driver was a Ferrari Driver Academy member and entered Formula One as a practice driver in 2012 for Sahara Force India. On 5 October 2014, during the Japanese Grand Prix, Bianchi lost control of his Marussia in very wet conditions and collided with a recovery vehicle, suffering severe head injuries
The petition, which was launched a few days ago, has already garned over 1000 signatures. Supporters represent the worldwide community and the petition has been shared widely across social media platforms. Numerous fans that signed the petition have also expressed their appreciation for Bianchi in the comments section and hope to pay homage to Jules in respect for his family and all Ferrari fans, although they are aware that this initiative will most likely remain at a honorific level.