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Bianchi set to live the dream in Monaco

Jules Bianchi set to live the dream as he prepares to make his first F1 appearance on the streets of Monte Carlo
Jules Bianchi admits it will be the realisation of a dream when he takes his place on the grid for the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.

The Frenchman will be making his maiden F1 outing on the streets of Monte Carlo in the closest thing he will have to a home race this season having been born up the coast from the Principality in Nice.

The Marussia man has taken a best finish of 13th so far this year following his late call-up to a race seat and he said he was hopeful of a strong showing on the challenging Monaco street circuit in a race he expects to be one of the highlights of his debut season.

“When I was nine or ten years old and used to go to watch the Monaco Grand Prix, I could never have imagined that one day I would be racing here myself,” he said. “So much of this season is a dream come true but next weekend is certainly one of the highlights for me. It's a unique race, a fantastic experience on and off the track and the atmosphere is very special.

“I would like to think that we can have a strong weekend after some positive signs with the new upgrade in Spain. We were not able to make the best of it on race day there but I hope for better things in Monaco.”

Team-mate Max Chilton said he too was excited about the challenge of competing in Monaco at the wheel of an F1 machine for the first time.

“I can't wait for my first Monaco Grand Prix experience at the wheel of a Formula 1 car,” he said. “It's shaping up to be quite a weekend so I hope we can put on a good show for the benefit of all the partners and guests who are making the trip there. It's a fascinating track and everything can turn on a knife-edge because of factors like the close proximity of the barriers and the importance of qualifying ahead of our immediate competitors.

“Although this is a very different challenge to Spain, I hope we can carry through some of the benefits we saw from the new developments last time out and have a better showing in Monaco. I have been preparing in the simulator this week and I'm feeling positive about our potential there.”




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10.05.2013- Free Practice 2, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
10.05.2013- Free Practice 2, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
10.05.2013- Free Practice 1, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
24.05.2015- Race, William Stevens (GBR) Manor Marussia F1 Team
24.05.2015- Atmosphere
24.05.2015- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
24.05.2015- Podium, winner Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
24.05.2015- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-30 out of the race
24.05.2015- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
24.05.2015- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-30 is burning after the stop
24.05.2015- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Honda MP4-30
24.05.2015- Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10
24.05.2015- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
24.05.2015- Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10 crash after a contact with Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23 in St. Devote corner
24.05.2015- Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10 crash after a contact with Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23 in St. Devote corner
24.05.2015- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
24.05.2015- Podium, winner Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06 and HSH Prince Albert of Monaco (MON)
24.05.2015- Race, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Red Bull Racing RB11

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