Jules Bianchi has finished his first day of testing at Silverstone with his tail up despite a small fire interrupting Marussia’s running.
The Frenchman finished fifth on the timesheets, and completed more laps than any other driver with 108. Having also undertaken a Pirelli tyre test in the morning, he was pleased with the work conducted on Tuesday in spite of the fire.
“A lot of laps, yeah, obviously we didn’t end up as we wanted because we had a small issue cause a fire on the car so we had to stop, but actually I’m pretty pleased with what we have done,” Bianchi explained. “Obviously we didn’t really get to work a lot on the setup because we had the Pirelli test so we could not change the setup.
“But we did a pretty good job by doing the Pirelli test in the morning and then we could run a bit for us as well, so it’s really interesting day.”
Tomorrow will see Bianchi jump into the Ferrari F14 T in place of the rested Kimi Raikkonen, but he is not fazed by the prospect of going from car to car.
“Yeah I did it already in 2012,” he said. “I was jumping from Ferrari to Force India, so we’ll do it again tomorrow, so it’s good, yeah, it’s good experience and this is what I need.”
Marussia currently sits ninth in the constructors’ championship thanks to Bianchi’s top ten finish at the Monaco Grand Prix. The team is ahead of midfield team Sauber, and although the Frenchman would love to stay ahead, he said that the target for Marussia must be finishing tenth ahead of long-term rivals Caterham.
“It’s difficult to say, because obviously at the moment they [Sauber] are quicker than us,” Bianchi explained. “We’re trying to do our best to catch them but it’s not easy.
“We are still in front in the championship but obviously our target is to be in front of Caterham. If we can still be in front of Sauber, for sure it will be good, but at the moment it’s not our target for the championship.”
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