“I got a very poor start and it was a real battle to recover from that and stay ahead of [Charles] Pic,” Bianchi admitted, “I had just completed my second pit-stop and got ahead of [Giedo] van der Garde when the engine let go.
“I think we had the pace to be able to fight to keep both Caterhams behind had I continued, [as] the car felt well-balanced and we were showing the usual more positive race pace. It has been a less than straightforward weekend so perhaps this was just not destined to be our race.”
The most positive news from the Marussia camp came in the shape of a ninth finish from nine races for fellow rookie Max Chilton, although the Briton was frustrated not to be able to better 19th position.
“Unfortunately for Jules, he had an engine problem so I knew that I had to do my best to get some reward for the team,” the Briton noted, “But it wasn't an easy race today.
“We both struggled with our starts and in the opening few laps, but then I started to close the gap to Charles [Pic] and Jules. I was happy with the car [and], in the middle stint, there was nothing between us and Caterham - then the safety car came out and stirred up everyone's strategies. We made the right call, but just suffered with rear tyre wear with ten laps to go….”
Team principal John Booth admitted that, for all the disappointment, there could still be positives to take from the race when viewed in hindsight.
“It's an incredibly disappointing result for the team but perhaps one which, when digested on Monday morning, will be viewed more favourably,” he concluded, “It is clear we had much more potential today and Jules' unfortunate engine problem meant that we were unable to beat our nearest competitors. We don't yet know the cause but I am sure that, working with Cosworth, we will be able to make an initial assessment of what went wrong.
“What was pleasing today was to see Max running very much at the same pace as Jules and the Caterhams throughout the race. He only lost out due to a more oversteered balance today, which meant that his rear tyres suffered later in the stint.”