Max Chilton says Marussia has done Jules Bianchi proud by just making it to the grid at the Russian Grand Prix.

Following Bianchi's accident in the Japanese Grand Prix which has left him fighting for his life in hospital, Marussia opted to run just one car in Sochi. Unfortunately Chilton's car was retired at the end of the ninth lap but Chilton said the team deserved credit for even being able to start the race in the first place after such a difficult time.

"After an incredibly tough week for everyone in the Team, we all deserved so much more from today's race," Chilton said. "It hasn't been an easy day, far from it, and all the guys have had to dig deep to get us to the grid. When we got there of course, it was very emotional with all the support for Jules. I think the Team, the sport and all the fans have really done him proud.

"In the race, we got a good start then switched from the Medium tyre to the Soft quite early on, as we always knew we wouldn't be that strong on the prime. On lap 9 I started to feel a problem with the front left and it wasn't going away, so I pitted for the Team to investigate. In the end it was not something we would be able to address quickly, so it was best to bring a generally difficult weekend to an early conclusion.

"What the Team needs now is to head home for support from their families and colleagues back at the factory. Somehow we need to find the strength to regroup and move forward, which is hard to contemplate right now."

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