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.
"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.