1 June 2013
Bianchi eyes full reliability in Canada
Jules Bianchi: I was hoping for better things at my home race last weekend but now I am fully focused on the races ahead, not looking back
Marussia's Jules Bianchi is hoping for a return to 'full reliability' in the Canadian Grand Prix next weekend.
The Frenchman saw his run of five straight finishes end in Monaco and after a number of problems he was forced to retire in the closing stages when he suffered a right front disc failure.
Despite all that though, Bianchi remains upbeat and he is relishing the prospect of going to Montreal for the seventh round in the 2013 F1 World Championship.
“I was hoping for better things at my home race last weekend but now I am fully focused on the races ahead, not looking back,” Bianchi remarked. “Canada is one of the races I have been most looking forward to all season and I have heard a lot of things about the track and the fantastic city of Montreal.
“Having been in the simulator this week I feel excited for the weekend, although I think we can expect to be challenged by the demands of the circuit characteristics.
“The last race was the first retirement of the season for myself and the Team, which is disappointing after such a good run of 10 car finishes in 10 races until then. It seems to be an isolated problem however, so we look forward to getting back to full reliability and continuing to push forwards.”
Team-mate Max Chilton meanwhile had a more positive time in Monte Carlo, and despite the incident with Pastor Maldonado, which earned him a drive-through penalty, he finished 14th - taking his best F1 result to date, as well as the third division 'win'.
“I'm looking forward to my Canadian Grand Prix debut,” Chilton continued, “and returning to the learning experience of an unknown track. From what I know and have seen in the simulator, this is one of those circuits that will keep the drivers and the engineers fully occupied by the engineering challenge, as there is such a careful balance to strike between the low and higher downforce sections of the track, at the same time as managing brakes and tyres.
“After a good result in Monaco I am hopeful that we can carry that momentum forward and enjoy a positive weekend.”
Marussia F1 team boss, John Booth added: “Everyone at the Marussia F1 Team thoroughly enjoys the Canadian Grand Prix experience, although the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has not necessarily favoured our car on our three previous visits. We are hopeful that we can turn that corner in Montreal next weekend.
“It has been quite a tight turnaround after Monaco to prepare the cars for the freight but they leave this weekend and in the intervening period before we arrive we'll continue to evaluate a frustrating Monaco and try to get a good head start for the race ahead. Canada always throws up quite a few challenges - a technically demanding track, variable weather and the rather more unusual concern over groundhogs. The one thing we were pleased with in the last race was our result and relative performance, so we'll be happy to continue building on that next weekend,” he concluded.
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