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German Grand Prix: No action taken over runaway Marussia

“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.”




Related Pictures

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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
24.08.2014- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
24.08.2014- Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
24.08.2014- Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
24.08.2014- Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
24.08.2014- Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
23.08.2014- Qualifying, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
23.08.2014- Qualifying, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
23.08.2014- Qualifying, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
23.08.2014- Qualifying, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
23.08.2014- Free Practice 3, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
23.08.2014- Free Practice 3, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
23.08.2014- Free Practice 3, 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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