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Korean Grand Prix: Bianchi inks new Marussia deal

Jules Bianchi: I am very happy to be able to confirm that I will stay with the Marussia F1 Team in 2014...
Jules Bianchi will remain with the Marussia F1 Team for the 2014 F1 season, it has been announced ahead of this weekend's Korean Grand Prix. The length of the deal was not confirmed.

The Frenchman joined the Banbury-based outfit in February this year, drafted in at late notice as a replacement for Brazilian racer Luiz Razia.

Despite minimal preparation time for his debut season however, the 23-year-old settled into the team well and quickly got to grips with the MR02. He has since played an important part in helping Marussia achieve its current tenth position in the Constructors' Championship - his highest placing so far 13th at the Malaysian Grand Prix back in March.

“I am very happy to be able to confirm that I will stay with the Marussia F1 Team in 2014,” he said. “I couldn't have wished for a more supportive environment in which to make my F1 debut and from the very beginning I have always felt completely at home with the team.

“We started the season very well and while the challenge has increased as the season has developed, we have learned important lessons together that will place us in a much stronger position next year when there are a lot of changes for the sport and the team to get used to.

“I am very excited to be part of the team as we all enter this new era of F1 and I look forward to achieving some rewarding performances together.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Ferrari Driver Academy for their continued support for my career.

“Looking ahead to the remainder of the season, we at the Marussia F1 Team have a lot of hard work to do in the next six races to deliver tenth place in the Constructors' Championship and I will be very focused on what I can do to play my part in bringing that result about.”

Marussia team principal, John Booth added: “It gives us great pleasure to announce that we will go forward into 2014 with Jules as one of our race drivers. Jules joined us at very short notice at the end of pre-season testing, with only two days of running under his belt. He rose to the challenge of his debut season exceptionally well and since that time has clearly demonstrated his ability and potential.

“2014 heralds a new era for the sport and continuity and consistency of line-up will be important in helping us to navigate the transition. We look forward to confirming our full race driver line-up later in the season.

“Until then we have an important job to do to ensure we retain our tenth place in the Constructors' Championship and this is where our full focus will lie in the intervening period.”

Related Pictures

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07.09.2013, Qualifying Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
07.09.2013- Free practice 3, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
08.09.2013- Race, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
20.09.2013-  Free Practice 1, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
21.09.2013- Free practice 3, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
06.09.2013- Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
06.09.2013- Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
27.07.2013- Qualifying, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
26.07.2013- Free practice 2, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
09.05.2013- Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02

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October 03, 2013 10:49 AM
Last Edited 157 days ago

bt33. obviously you do not follow f1 very closely. bianchi is part of the Ferrari academy and Ferrari placed him with marussia. they are hardly likely to have paid for him to drive if they thought he was no use. and don't forget, he is driving a car that has cossie power with nearly 100bhp less than caterham, but is pushing them hard.


October 03, 2013 1:18 PM

Richard, totally out of topic this but sure of interest to you. Alonso “they are using something different compared to other teams but something that is completely ok because they pass all the checks”. Lulu, “the last time I was able to put the pedal down that quick was in 2007 when we had traction control”.

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