22 October 2013
Indian Grand Prix: Bianchi set for first, possibly last Buddh outing
Jules Bianchi says he's looking forward to his first Indian Grand Prix this weekend, but fears it may be his last chance with the event facing an uncertain future.
Jules Bianchi and his Marussia team mate Max Chiltonn are looking forward to their first Grand Prix event in India, with Bianchi hopeful that it won't prove to be over as quickly as his ill-fated outing in Japan where he didn't get past the first corner before he ended up in the gravel along with Caterham's Giedo van der Garde.
"I'm working on the basis that Japan was my 'jinx race' and with that behind me I am very optimistic about the step we have taken with the car performance and the developments we have yet to bring," said the Marussia driver before setting off for this weekend's event.
The Frenchman said he was excited at finally getting a chance to make his first outing at the Buddh International Circuit after watching fron the sidelines in 2012.
"I am very much looking forward to doing so because it is really a very special track. I attended the race there last year, so I got the chance to see it first-hand and to hear the drivers' reaction to driving it," he said. "I'm sure I will be equally impressed. Turns 3 and 10-12 look particularly interesting.
"It seems next weekend may be my first and last opportunity to drive the Buddh International Circuit," he added ruefully, a reference to the event's uncertain future after it was pulled from the 2014 calendar over tax issues, a move that has left promoters looking at some potential massive financial losses.
Marussia team principal John Booth was also sad to see the Indian event forced off the calendar. "We will take time to savour our final experience of what is actually a very challenging and technical track and one which has received a great deal of praise from drivers and engineering teams during the past two seasons, he said.
Bianchi's rookie team mate Max Chilton is also facing his first outing in India this weekend
"The team have good experience of the track, having raced there on two occasions previously and, as always, the work we have done in the sim will be a huge benefit, so we have a good foundation on which to start the weekend," he said, confident that a lack of local knowledge would hold him back.
John Booth added, "Once we have acclimatised Jules and Max to the circuit, we will be firmly focused on maintaining the positive upturn with car performance and indeed trying to extract even more in India and over the next few races with the smaller developments we are introducing."
Unlike Bianchi, Chilton survived the Japanese GP and finished in 19th place, and is hoping to continue that run this weekend.
"A good two-car finish is our Team target, but also from my point of view I would obviously be happy to maintain my record of being the only driver to finish every race - for another four weekends!" he said.
"Having reflected on Japan in particular I'm really pleased with how things are progressing at the moment, so I'm hoping for a similarly productive time in India, making good steps at every stage of the weekend."
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