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GP Week : Issue 192
Jules bianchi – Marussia After taking the chance on a one-lap attempt in qualifying on Saturday afternoon Jules Bianchi fell foul of the red flags brought out by Jean-Eric Vergne’s fire at the end of Q1. On his single attempt the Frenchman used scrubbed option tyres, which – coupled with a ten-place grid penalty – saw Bianchi line up on the back row on Sunday. A decent start put the Marussia racer up with the Caterhams, but in the run into Turn One the Frenchman moved over into the Caterham of Giedo van der Garde in an incident that would mean a premature end to the afternoon for both men. giedo van der garde – Caterham A series of back of the grid penalties saw Giedo van der Garde lining up ahead of teammate Charles Pic, and the Dutch racer was focused on taking the fight to Max Chilton after failing to out-qualify the Marussia driver on. But a strong start wasn’t enough to keep van der Garde in the clear when the field began to bottleneck, and he was knocked out on the first lap by Jules Bianchi, who moved sideways into the Caterham, ending his own afternoon as he destroyed van der Garde’s. The loss of a front wing in the incident saw the Caterham driver in the wall and out of the race, with no chance of limping back to the pits for repairs. lewis Hamilton – Mercedes A strong qualifying session thanks to wind-boosted levels of downforce saw Lewis Hamilton line up in P3 for Mercedes. The Briton then got a fantastic start, but found himself clipped by Sebastian Vettel as the Red Bull racer attempted to make up for his own poor effort off the line. The incident led to a puncture for Hamilton, who limped back to the pits before retiring on lap nine having spent the preceding laps struggling for balance in a car that hadn’t been right since the start. Down and out at Suzuka 37 GPWEEK.com // 37 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> JAPAN