Bianchi hails “fantastic day” for Marussia after record qualifying
Marussia’s Jules Bianchi has labelled Saturday as a “fantastic day” after he claimed the team’s best ever result during qualifying for the British Grand Prix.
Bianchi, who secured Marussia its maiden points finish in Monaco earlier this year, revelled in the changeable conditions prevalent during qualifying to secure a career best position of 12th on the grid for Sunday’s race.
Not only is it a career highlight for the Frenchman, but 12th on also marks Marussia’s best ever result in qualifying, after five years of competing in Formula One.
The 24-year-old, who joined Marussia at late notice ahead of the 2013 season, says that the team got everything right on the day, in what was something of a gamble, switching to dry tyres late in the session.
“A fantastic day for the team and I’m so happy for everyone,” exclaimed Bianchi. “After our first points in Monaco, it’s great that we have now achieved the team’s best ever qualifying result.
“Today’s situation was not easy and so this result is down to a combination of great strategy, judging the changing conditions to perfection and then just making the most of the windows we had out on the track when the conditions were right for the tyres.
“It was a real gamble, but we had everything to gain from taking some risks, so for the last run we put the slicks on even though the track was right at the limit.
Bianchi admitted that an even better position might have been attainable, if not for the yellow flags that marked the end of the second part of the session, following Esteban Gutierrez’s off.
“I had a really good lap and then the yellow flags came out for Gutierrez’s spin,” he explained.
“Had we not encountered these I could have improved for sure and who knows what might have happened then.
“I’m just really happy to achieve this result at the team’s home race and anything is possible from where we will start on the grid tomorrow,” he added. “I will try my best to make the most of every opportunity.”
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