Jules Bianchi has said that he feels Marussia have a strong chance of turning the tables in 2014 with the new technical regulations and a switch to Ferrari engines. He also revealed that he is keen to stay with the Banbury based squad for a second season.
The Frenchman was rushed into employment at Marussia as a replacement for Luiz Razia, who failed to provide the required sponsorship to remain at the team. He was drafted in during winter testing but has performed well for the team, impressing on a number of occasions.
Despite the team failing to score a single point and dropping behind Caterham in recent races, he feels that it would be beneficial to remain at the team for 2014 and eyes the new regulations as a fresh start.
He is quoted by AUTOSPORT saying: “I think Marussia will be a good team next year. We will have a new engine. All the teams start from zero again [with the rules changes].
“I think we will have a good opportunity. It’s a good option to stay here.”
He added that it is not a frustration to be battling at the back as he knows what the maximum performance is for the car and what the aims are for the team: “I’m really happy with what we have done, even if we want a bit more performance. I think we’re doing well.”
“It’s a different challenge but actually we know what we can do at the maximum so we’re trying to get that done all the time.”
He added: “For us, a victory is to be in front of my team-mate and Caterham, so that is the only target we have.”
Marussia currently sit 10th in the constructors standings and have recorded a best finish of 13th at the Malaysian Grand Prix – bettering that of rivals Caterham.
Image courtesy of Octane Photographic