Tributes after race driver tragedy

RACE boss John Booth has paid tribute to tragic F1 star Jules Bianchi, who lost his nine-month fight for life on Saturday.

Rotherham's Booth, head of the Manor F1 team, described 25-year-old Bianchi as a "shining talent".

The popular French racer had been in a coma since crashing into a recovery vehicle nine months ago at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka.

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Said a distraught Booth: "Jules was a shining talent. He was destined for great things in our sport; success he so richly deserved.

"He was also a magnificent human being, making a lasting impression on countless people all over the world.

"They recognised, as did we, that at the same time as being a fiercely motivated racer, he was also an extremely warm, humble and intensely likeable person, who lit up our garage and our lives."

Bianchi made his debut for Marussia in 2013 and a year later he scored both his and his team's first points in F1 after finishing ninth in Monaco.

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