“Less than straightforward weekend” for Bianchi
Bianchi’s Cosworth engine let go in spectacular fashion before his Marussia MR02 proceeded to bizarrely roll down the hill at turn 12. Speaking about the race, the Frenchman said: “Obviously it is very disappointing to end my race so soon, due to an engine problem on lap 22. I got a very poor start and it was a real battle to recover from that and stay ahead of Pic. I had just completed my second pit stop and got ahead of Van Der Garde when the engine let go, but I think we had the pace to be able to fight to keep both Caterhams behind had I continued.”
Prior to the problems, he said that the car felt strong and there were positives to take away from the weekend: “The car felt well-balanced and we were showing the usual more positive race pace. It has been a less than straightforward weekend so perhaps this was just not destined to be our race and we just have to look ahead to the next one in Hungary.”
Max Chilton felt that he needed to get “some reward” for the team but he ended up finishing last of the 19 runners who completed the race distance after a difficult race: “Not an easy race today. We both struggled with our starts and the opening few laps and then I started to close the gap to Charles and Jules; I was happy with the car. Unfortunately for Jules he had an engine problem so I knew that I had to do my best to get some reward for the Team.”
The Brit admitted that he was competitive in the middle of the race and he was happy with his performance despite the end result: “In the middle stint there was nothing between us and Caterham and then the safety car came out and stirred up everyone’s strategies. We made the right call, but just suffered with rear tyre wear with 10 laps to go. On the whole I was happy with my performance and speed today.”
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