Bianchi’s best-ever result ‘could have been better’

2014 British Grand Prix

Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Silverstone, 2014Jules Bianchi said he was capable of lapping quicker in qualifying despite claiming the highest ever qualifying position for Marussia.

Bianchi will start from 12th position after claiming a place in Q2 during the rain-hot qualifying hour.

“After our first points in Monaco, it’s great that we have now achieved the team’s best ever qualifying result,” he said.

“Today’s situation was not easy and so this result is down to a combination of great strategy, judging the changing conditions to perfection and then just making the most of the windows we had out on the track when the conditions were right for the tyres.

“It was a real gamble, but we had everything to gain from taking some risks, so for the last run we put the slicks on even though the track was right at the limit.”

Bianchi lost his final attempt to improve after Esteban Gutierrez crashed at Luffied.

“I had a really good lap and then the yellow flags came out for Gutierrez’s spin,” he said. “Had we not encountered these I could have improved for sure and who knows what might have happened then.”

His team mate Max Chilton qualified 13th but will start 18th after being given a five-place penalty for a gearbox change.

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14 comments on Bianchi’s best-ever result ‘could have been better’

  1. Liam McShane (@motor_mad) said on 5th July 2014, 16:45

    Bit awkward to find the Marussia was the highest Ferrari powered car on the grid.

  2. matiascasali (@matiascasali) said on 5th July 2014, 16:46

    maybe it’s a little misleading the track position due the rain and all, but i see in bianchi some near future ferrari material..

  3. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 5th July 2014, 17:10

    He definetly could have improved.

    Who knows? had he gone through, he could’ve surprised many ! considering how mad that last bit of Q3 was…

  4. Michael Brown said on 5th July 2014, 17:24

    He was about 3 tenths away from Q3

  5. David Not Coulthard (@davidnotcoulthard) said on 5th July 2014, 17:27

    Is that still Chilton’s best starting positon ever despite the penalty?

  6. Captain Shuntalot (@f1withmyson) said on 6th July 2014, 6:23

    Well done! I rate Bianchi quite highly.

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