Jules Bianchi has shared his excitement at tackling the first night race of his career. The Frenchman is eager to complete the “totally new experience”, which he predicts to be one of his season highlights.
Bianchi has so far impressed in his rookie season, dealing with the new challenges that have been thrown at him with commendable ease and maturity. His 13th place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix is still keeping 10th place in the constructors in Marussia’s hands and he admits that they are pushing hard, despite the halted development of the MR02, to maintain their position.
Speaking in a team statement he said: “The Singapore Grand Prix will be a totally new experience for me as my first night race. In my debut season, where everything is new, it is certainly one of the highlights of the calendar for me and I can’t wait for next weekend.”
He added: “The next part of the season is going to be quite a challenge for everyone, but the Team is pushing so hard to maintain 10th place in the Championship and I really hope that is going to be possible for us.”
Team-mate Max Chilton has previous experience around the Marina Bay Street Circuit. He raced there in GP2 in 2012, winning a race. This helped him secure a reserve drive for the final part of the season with Marussia before being promoted to a race drive.
Discussing the up-coming race weekend he said: “Singapore is a great city and I can’t wait for my first Formula 1 night race experience there next weekend, although it’s not a new circuit for me and I have great memories of winning there last year in GP2.”
The Brit is hoping that he can maintain the momentum that he has built over the past few race weekends: “We’ve done a lot of work behind the scenes to try to optimise our current package and for my part I’m quite pleased with how my pace is really building, so my first objective for Singapore is to maintain that momentum.”
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