Manor team principal John Booth says his team produced a fitting tribute to honour Jules Bianchi at the Hungaroring.

After a highly emotional build up to the Hungarian Grand Prix both Manor drivers Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi were aiming to make Bianchi's family proud and celebrate the memory of the team's former driver who passed away last weekend after succumbing to his injuries suffered in a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

Merhi grabbed 15th place while Stevens was forced to retire four laps from the finish, but because the Brit had completed over 90% race distance was classified in 16th position.

Booth says it has been a challenging race weekend for the team after Bianchi's funeral in Nice on Tuesday but feels the team did the Frenchman justice.

"We had one job to do today to honour Jules and that was to achieve the best possible placings. That's exactly what we did," Booth said. "I am so proud of the whole team for their tremendous courage and fortitude. It was not easy for any of the drivers, but well done to Roberto and Will for their focus and composure.

"It has been both difficult and comforting for them to see Jules' family here at the track. Difficult, because they too are a part of this team and we have shared so many happy occasions together. And comforting, because if they could find the strength to contend with the incredible outpouring of love and affection for Jules then we could too."

Merhi says he took strength from the support of the F1 paddock showed for Bianchi. The Spaniard enjoyed a brief battle with Sauber duo Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr as well as Lotus' Romain Grosjean before a loose headrest forced him to pit early and switch strategy.

"Today was very tough and it was not easy to go racing," Merhi said. "But it's what Jules would have done and what he would have wanted us to do. The team did a great job as the race was not the easiest."



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