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GP Week : Issue 191
EDITOR: Kate Walker firstname.lastname@example.org MOTOGP EDITOR: Michael Scott F1 NEWS EDITOR Abhishek Takle TECHNICAL EDITOR Paolo Filisetti RACE EDITOR Trent Price CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Leigh O'Gorman BUSINESS EDITOR Caroline Reid PRODUCTION ARTIST Cedric Dufour PHOTOGRAPHy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Dirk Klynsmith, Daniel Kalisz PUBLISHER Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHED By: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org n se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) email@example.com .com WEEK Formula One rookie Jules Bianchi will continue to race for the Marussia Formula One team for a second season in 2014, it was confirmed in the run-up to the Korean Grand Prix. Bianchi, part of Ferrari’s Young Driver Academy, joined Marussia only a week before the start of the 2013 season after earlier singing Luiz Razia was forced out in the middle of winter testing when his sponsors failed to cough up the money that was due to the team as part of his contract. Previously reserve driver for Force India, Bianchi had been in the running for the second seat at that team, but eventually lost out to the more experienced Adrian Sutil, who returned to the Silverstone outfit after a year’s hiatus from the sport. “I couldn’t have wished for a more supportive environment in which to make my F1 debut and from the very beginning I have always felt completely at home with the team,” Bianchi said. Despite being slotted into the Marussia seat so late in the day, the Frenchman has impressed observers up and down the paddock with his form this season and has consistently outperformed teammate Max Chilton. The 24-year-old scored a strong 13th place in the Malaysian Grand Prix at the start of the year, and his strong form and Ferrari backing meant his name was frequently linked with a move up the grid during the course of F1’s over- long silly season. “Jules joined us at very short notice at the end of pre-season testing, with only two days of running under his belt,” team principal John Booth said. “He rose to the challenge of his debut season exceptionally well and since that time has clearly demonstrated his ability and potential.” Marussia currently lie tenth in the constructors’ standings, thanks in large part to Bianchi’s Malaysian Grand Prix result, after stealing a march on and outperforming back-of-the-grid rivals Caterham in the early races. But Caterham have since fought back and Bianchi is now focused on helping his team hang on to that tenth place which, thanks to the significantly higher financial rewards it brings compared to finishing eleventh, is crucial to the team with the smallest budget in the sport. “Looking ahead to the remainder of the season, we at the Marussia F1 Team have a lot of hard work to do in the next six races to deliver 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship and I will be very focused on what I can do to play my part in bringing that result about,” Bianchi said. BIANCHI SEALS THE dEAL F1 >>> nEWs 7 GPWEEK.com // 7 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: