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Manor creates Jules Bianchi wristbands for Monaco GP

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Manor has created wristbands for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix commemorating Jules Bianchi's historic points finish at last year's event.

Bianchi scored the team's first points in Monte Carlo - when it was under the guise of Marussia - by crossing the line in eighth position, which became ninth once he had served a time penalty. Bianchi remains unconscious at a Nice hospital 20 kilometres away from Monte Carlo following the severe head injury he suffered in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Ahead of this weekend, Manor unveiled a specially-commissioned wristband bearing the words 'Monaco 2014. P8. #JB17' to honour his original finishing position.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who was known to have a good relationship with Bianchi, said this weekend's Monaco race will be tinged with sadness.

"It's hard to understand when you are in a car that is not competitive, to get some points," Alonso said. "It's some kind of miracle. That is what Jules did last year, ninth place. He was the star of the race.

"Now, to come here again and not see him together with us on the grid is very sad. It's not only here we remember him, it's every weekend, but here it's a little more difficult to understand the things that happened last year. He is in Nice, he is half an hour away, so hopefully he can feel some extra power that we send him."