The news was posted on Bianchi's official Twitter feed early today morning French time and later confirmed by the Manor F1 team.

Bianchi, 25, had been in a coma since the October 5 accident, in which he collided at high speed with a mobile crane which was being used to pick up another crashed car.

The family statement said, "Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end. The pain we feel is immense and indescribable."

Bianchi competed in 34 races over the 2013 and 2014 seasons, scoring the first ever championship points for Manor -- then known as Marussia -- by finishing ninth at last year's Monaco Grand Prix.

The Manor team tweeted: "We are devastated to lose Jules after such a hard-fought battle. It was a privilege to have him race for our team."

Bianchi died at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in his hometown of Nice, where he had been since his emergency treatment in Japan in the days after the accident.

Bianchi's accident occurred at the end of the race at Suzuka. In rainy, gloomy conditions, Bianchi's car slid off the track and ploughed into a crane picking up the Sauber of German driver Adrian Sutil, who had crashed out at the same spot one lap earlier.

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