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F1: Marussia not focused on Sauber, says Bianchi

Jules Bianchi concedes Marussia F1 not looking at Sauber, concentrating more on beating Caterham
Jules Bianchi says Marussia does not expect it will retain its current ninth position in the 2014 Formula 1 Constructors' standings, insisting the team is simply focused on ensuring it finishes ahead of main rivals Caterham.

A historic ninth place finish in the Monaco Grand Prix saw Bianchi notch up the team's first-ever points, either in its former Virgin Racing guise or its current Marussia iteration.

That result has put Marussia in prime position to secure the lucrative tenth place in the standings over long-time rivals Caterham, the result has also had the effect of placing it ahead of the struggling Sauber team, which is yet to score points.

However, Bianchi insists Marussia simply has its sights set firmly on tenth place based on the assumption that Sauber will reach the top ten before the year is out.

“We know that if we finish in ninth it's because we've had a bit of luck,” he told Crash.net. “We are still slower than Sauber and we struggle to catch them, so it is not easy.

“I am sure at one point they will score points so we aren't really focused on Sauber, we are focused more on Caterham trying to be in front of them at the end of the season, that will be the target for sure.”

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25.07.2014- Free Practice 1, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
25.07.2014- Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
19.07.2014- Free practice 3, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03. 19.07.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, Qualifying Day.
18.07.2014- Free Practice 1, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
27.07.2014- Race, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03 leads Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
Jules Bianchi - Marussia
06.07.2014 - Race, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03

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August 12, 2014 9:48 PM

Level-headed & realistic statement.... it's got that dread feel of inevitability about it though.. Sauber are almost certain to score points soon.. even if it's just a 9th or 10th place in a few races, they will overhaul Marussia. Pity they (Marussia) can't find that little extra pace while Sauber (and even Lotus) are on the back-foot performance & reliability wise... still, you never know, Sauber may not make progress or suffer a few DNF's to negate any pace they find?

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