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German Grand Prix: No action taken over runaway Marussia

Hilly nature of the Nurburgring seen as the main culprit after Jules Bianchi did all he could to secure his flaming MR02 at the German Grand Prix.
While the stewards deliberated over two cases of unsafe release from pit-stops at the German Grand Prix, the topography of the Nurburgring copped the blame for the errant Marussia that brought out the mid-race safety car.

Force India and Red Bull both copped financial penalties for allowing their drivers to leave their first pit-stops prematurely, but Jules Bianchi's runaway MR02 could have had equally serious consequences had it decided to follow a different path.

As it was, it teased the trackside crews by starting to roll backwards down the hill away from the final chicane just as the rescue truck arrived on the scene, crossing the circuit before finally coming to rest astride an advertising hoarding that, fortuitously, became wedged under its wheels.

Race leaders Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean were the first on the scene and, although the car had already come to a halt by the time they passed, the safety car was scrambled to allow for a second recovery attempt.

The team made no mention of the incident in its post-race press release, but sporting director Graeme Lowdon later told Press Association Sport that frustration at seeing a promising run for Bianchi ended by engine failure quickly turned to relief that a more serious incident had not occurred.

"Jules pulled off the track straight away, the car was in neutral when he stopped, and he then [returned to the car to] put the steering wheel back on, as he is required to do,” Lowdon explained, "There was a marshal in attendance when he left the car, which was stationary. There was nothing more Jules could have done.

"There was clearly no engine, he couldn't put it in gear, he couldn't do anything with it at all. What happened [next] is part of the nature of this circuit - it's hilly. [It's] obviously not something you want to see, but one of those things.

"Thankfully nobody had to avoid the car. There was obvious relief nothing happened, but it was pretty slow moving at the time and the yellow flags were also out."

Bianchi's exit capped a disappointing weekend for the Marussia team, which began with a stomach bug ruling the Frenchman out of Friday practice and ended with just one car reaching the finish.




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07.07.2013- Giedo Van der Garde (NED), Caterham F1 Team CT03 and Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR02
06.07.2013- Qualifying, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR02
07.07.2013-  Race, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR02 leads Charles Pic (FRA) Caterham F1 Team CT03
07.07.2013-  Race, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 05.07.2013- Free Practice 2,
07.07.2013-  Race, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
21.09.2014 - Race, Pit stop, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
21.09.2014 - Race, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03 leads Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33
21.09.2014 - Race, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03 and Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
21.09.2014 - Race, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 leads Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
21.09.2014 - Race, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
21.09.2014 - Race, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
21.09.2014 - Race, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
21.09.2014 - Race, Pit stop, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
21.09.2014 - Race, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
21.09.2014 - Race, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03 leads Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
21.09.2014 - Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
21.09.2014 - Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03

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OutsiderUK

July 08, 2013 1:39 PM

The car HAS to be left in neutral so that it can be removed. Bianci ran fom a flaming car, once it had stopped he returned to the car in put the steering wheel back on to avoid a fine. When he left the marshalls were in attendance, unless he had climbed back into the back and pressed the brake what could he have done? He could not slip it into gear, and if he could have done this would have then got him a fine for leaving it in gear. The Marshal who was present should have stayed rather than wander off.



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