Bianchi hoping to repeat debut performance

Marussia F1 Team

20 March 2013 by TF1T Staff

Jules Bianchi is hoping to repeat his impressive debut performance at the Australian Grand Prix last weekend.

The Frenchman joined the Marussia team at the very last moment after it became apparent that Luiz Razia would be dropped due to financial problems.

That gave the 23-year-old very little time to prepare. However not only did he outqualify his team-mate Max Chilton by seven tenths, he ran an error free race to finish 15th ahead of Chilton and both Caterhams.

With his first F1 race behind him, he hopes to build on the experience in Malaysia.

"It has been nice to take a couple of days in Australia to really absorb the experience of my first Formula 1 race last weekend," he said. "There were quite a lot of new things to be faced with, including driving a race of that distance for the first time and bringing together everything that I had learned in the days before.

"This week I have had the chance to think everything through - what I have learned and where I need to go from here. I had a good debrief with my engineering team and I feel very comfortable, so now I start to think about Malaysia.

"I've done some work in the simulator and I think Sepang is a circuit I'm going to enjoy. I know the challenge it brings in terms of the heat and humidity, so I'm prepared for that. Although my debut went well, there are some areas that I need to work on and where I can improve - as you would expect - so this race we will have a little more time and experience to think about what we need to do to keep pushing forward. I'm hoping for another good performance in the race on Sunday of course."