Bianchi was left fighting for his life last year (14) following a horrifying crash during the Japanese Grand Prix in October (14) when his car spun off the circuit and collided with a crane.

He spent the last few months of his life in a coma, and his family announced his death in the early hours of Saturday morning (18Jul15).

Friends and family gathered for a funeral in his hometown of Nice on Tuesday and they were joined by stars of the sport including Hamilton, Button and Rosberg, as well as Felipe Massa, Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel, who was among the pallbearers carrying the coffin at Sainte Reparate Cathedral along with fellow driver Romain Grosjean.

The Eagles track Hotel California was played during the service and Bianchi's racing helmet was placed on the coffin.

Bianchi's car number 17 is being retired from Formula One as a mark of respect to the late star, who is the first Formula One driver to die following a Grand Prix accident since Ayrton Senna's fatal crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix in Italy.