Bianchi delighted with 16th on the grid in Belgium

Bianchi delighted with 16th on the grid in Belgium

Jules Bianchi was delighted with his performance during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix after he hauled his Marussia into the second part of qualifying for the third time this year.

The Frenchman took advantage of the wet opening part of qualifying to go 14th fastest, proceeding through to Q2 – where he finished 16th – at the expense of Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado, the third time he has achieved the feat in 2014, after similar performances at the British and Hungarian Grands Prix.

“It has been a really nice day for us,” Bianchi told Richland F1. “Difficult, tricky conditions, but in the end we finished in Q2, so that is really good.

“It was nice to drive, really tricky especially through Eau Rouge, as we have less grip than last year. It was difficult to be on the limit and to feel the car, but when you are it is enjoyable.

“I feel really confident with my car and happy with the balance, it’s been a positive weekend so far.”

Asked whether the wet weather could offer he and the Marussia team a chance to repeat their points scoring exploits of Monaco – where Bianchi finished ninth – earlier this year, the Frenchman, while cautious, admitted a good result could be on the cards.

“If the conditions are tricky it can be good for us, but when it is like this it is easy to make a mistake,” he said. “We can get a good result here. We have to be cautious though as it will be difficult for everybody.

Performances like that seen on Saturday have caused teams further up the grid to take notice of the Marussia man, but Bianchi insists his focus remains on continuing his good form, rather than attempting to woe potential suitors for his driving services for 2015.

“I don”t like to judge myself,” he said. “I’m always trying to do my best and deliver the best performance I can every time I go on track and for the moment I’m doing a good job. We have to keep going like this and then see what happens.”

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Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.