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Bianchi looks to bounce back at Silverstone

"I'm not beating myself up over it," he said. "On the contrary, with a clear mind, I want to start winning as soon as possible.”

The fight-back starts with this weekend's round at the home of British motorsport, Silverstone, and Bianchi says that "It's a track I liked right from the start," adding: "The sequence of fast corners is demanding but gives you a great feeling."

However, Bianchi points out that "The only downside of the English track is that's it's difficult to pull off an overtaking move. The corners are very high speed and so, following a car closely produces a significant loss of aerodynamic downforce. That makes the car harder to control and increases tyre wear."

Pirelli have already said that their selection of a medium tyre compound for Silverstone is "a daring decision" designed to "spice-up the action" as it means tyre wear will be an even greater factor over the race distance. Cars and drivers that can look after their tyres will be in a good position to take advantage of less forward-thinking drivers who will struggle as the races progress and may end up off the track as they reach the limits of the rubber's grip.

Bianchi will at least be helped by the 10-place grid penalty handed to his compatriot and close rival Romain Grosjean for the Silverstone feature race, following Grosjean's own crash at the start of the sprint race in Valencia.

And Bianchi knows that he has a fast race car underneath him from Lotus ART, after his young team mate Esteban Gutierrez went on to dominate the Valencia sprint race and claim his first GP2 victory.

"As far as the driver and the team are concerned, there are no problems in terms of performance," he said confidently.

"Unfortunately, the first part of the championship was packed with lots of negatives," Bianchi admitted last month. "I made mistakes, then there was some bad luck and there were times when the team was also unable to reach its objectives. We have used this long break to go over the situation in detail, me and the ART team people together. I spent a lot of time with them trying to understand what went wrong and how to fix it."

This weekend will be the proof of whether the lessons have been learned and whether Bianchi's luck is finally turning. Silverstone hosts a 30-minute practice session from 10.55am, with qualifying in the afternoon from 2.55pm.

The feature race takes place after F1 qualifying on Saturday afternoon at 2.40pm and will be held over 29 laps of the newly-configured venue. The sprint race will run for 14 laps on Sunday from 9.30am.




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