The Brit is pleased with his recent progress after out-qualifying his team-mate and both Caterham drivers at the last round in Japan. The Buddh International Circuit is another new track to tackle for the rookie, but he is relishing the challenge.
“The Indian Grand Prix represents another new race for me and my team-mate, so once again it will be an exciting and challenging weekend in equal measure,” he said. “The Team have good experience of the track, having raced there on two occasions previously and, as always, the work we have done in the sim will be a huge benefit, so we have a good foundation on which to start the weekend.”
He added: “Having reflected on Japan in particular I’m really pleased with how things are progressing at the moment, so I’m hoping for a similarly productive time in India, making good steps at every stage of the weekend. A good two-car finish is our Team target, but also from my point of view I would obviously be happy to maintain my record of being the only driver to finish every race – for another four weekends.”
Bianchi believes this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix could be his first and last time to race at the Greater Noida based circuit, which he describes as a “very special” track.
Sharing his thoughts on the up-coming weekend, he said: “It seems next weekend may be my first and last opportunity to drive the Buddh International Circuit, but I am very much looking forward to doing so because it is really a very special track. I attended the race there last year, so I got the chance to see it first-hand and to hear the drivers’ reaction to driving it. I’m sure I will be equally impressed. Turns 3 and 10-12 look particularly interesting. I’m working on the basis that Japan was my ‘jinx race’ and with that behind me I am very optimistic about the step we have taken with the car performance and the developments we have yet to bring.”
Marussia still cling on to 10th in the constructor’s standings thanks to the Frenchman’s 13th place at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
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