Formula One: Former champ Emerson Fittipaldi on panel for Jules Bianchi crash

Marshalls clear the way for an ambulance after the race was stopped following a crash by Marussia Formula One driver Jules Bianchi of France at the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on Oct 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Marshalls clear the way for an ambulance after the race was stopped following a crash by Marussia Formula One driver Jules Bianchi of France at the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on Oct 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - A high-level panel including former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi will investigate the Japan Grand Prix Formula One crash that left French driver Jules Bianchi fighting for his life and propose new safety measures, the FIA said on Monday.

The 10-member group, which will also include renowned former Formula One team chief Ross Brawn, "will carry out a full review of the accident to gain a better understanding of what happened, and will propose new measures to reinforce safety at circuits", the International Automobile Federation said.

The group will start this week and present its findings at the next meeting of the World Motor Sport Council on December 3 in Doha, a statement by motor racing's governing body said.

Bianchi's Marussia car smashed into a recovery vehicle on the Suzuka track on October 5. The 25 year-old suffered life threatening brain injuries. A communique released by his team and family last week said he was in "critical but stable" condition.

FIA president Jean Todt announced five days after the crash that a panel would investigate the crash.

The inquiry is to be chaired by Peter Wright, president of the FIA safety commission, and include heavyweight Formula One names such as two-time drivers' champion Fittipaldi, former Mercedes team principal Brawn and former Ferrari team leader Stefano Domenicali.

It will also include former driver Alex Wurz, chief racing steward Gerd Ennser, race director Eduardo de Freitas, racing circuits commission chief Roger Peart, FIA court of appeal judge Antonio Rigozzi, and Gerard Saillant, president of the FIA medical medical commission.