Bianchi makes first visit to Marussia factory
8 March 2013 – Jules Bianchi made his first visit to Marussia's factory in Banbury earlier this week, having recently signed a deal to replace the cash-strapped Luiz Razia at the team. The Frenchman was given a full tour of the outfit's facilities and put aside time to discuss the fundamental aspects of the MR02 chassis with his new engineers.
The 23-year-old, who finished runner-up to Dutchman Robin Frijns in last year's Formula Renault 3.5 campaign, already feels comfortable in his new surroundings and is remaining calm ahead of his Grand Prix debut in Australia next weekend.
"I'm not stressed," Bianchi explained to France 3 Côte d'Azur ahead of his Formula 1 debut. "It's been a long time since I was expecting it and it feels good. Qualifying will be a very special moment. It will go quickly and it will be very exciting, although the Grand Prix itself will be the most important.
"Fortunately, I'm a little more familiar in the sense that I have had a progressive career, but it will still be impressive."
Bianchi is partnering GP2 graduate Max Chilton at Marussia this year. Alongside Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne and new Caterham arrival Charles Pic, he brings the total of French drivers on the 22-strong grid up to four.