Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013

Bianchi encouraged by first Marussia run

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Jules Bianchi was pleased with his first run in the Marussia MR02 after signing for the team yesterday.

“The car is really good,” he told media in Barcelona. “We for sure miss a bit of downforce, maybe, but we’re still working, we still have some good solution to come, so I’m confident.”

“I don’t say we’re going to do the points but for sure we’ll try to do our best and we never know what will happen.”

Bianchi has had an eventful week after missing out on a chance to drive for Force India, then taking over the place at Marussia previously held by Luiz Razia.

“It’s been special for me because it was a bit up and down,” he said. “Now it’s up, so I’m really happy.”

“I really need to thank Marussia for the opportunity, and the French Federation, Ferrari as well, who helped me with the Acamdemy.”

Bianchi said he tried not to get dispirited when the Force India chance passed him by:

“I’m still young, I’m 23 years old, so after that – yeah, I was a bit down it was not easy – but I was keeping pushing and trying to get something and obviously for Marussia is a really good opportunity and I’m really happy to be here.”

Bianchi joins fellow rookie Max Chiltnon at the team, but he believes his previous testing experience will help the team:

“Of course it’s helpful for them as well because I have experience. Not only last week, but I drove also last year in the free practice and sometimes with Ferrari as well.

“Of course I didn’t do any races but I have some experience in Formula One so I think we can do a good job and even if we can do two rookies with Max, I think we can build something to the team.”

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