Bianchi glad 'jinx' race is behind him
23 October 2013 – Marussia's Jules Bianchi is feeling optimistic heading to the Indian Grand Prix this weekend, especially now his ‘jinx’ race is behind him.
Bianchi had a miserable weekend in Japan last time out, and after crashing in opening practice and struggling in qualifying, he was forced out at the start of the race following contact with Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde. Both drivers’ retired on the spot.
“I’m working on the basis that Japan was my ‘jinx race’ and with that behind me I am very optimistic about the step we have taken with the car performance and the developments we have yet to bring,” the Frenchman said in the countdown to the 16th round in the F1 2013 World Championship.
“It seems this weekend may be my first - and last - opportunity to drive the Buddh International Circuit, but I am very much looking forward to doing so because it is really a very special track.
“I attended the race there last year, so I got the chance to see it first-hand and to hear the drivers’ reaction to driving it. I’m sure I will be equally impressed. Turns 3 and 10-12 look particularly interesting.”
Marussia team principal, John Booth meanwhile added that Bianchi and Max Chilton will both benefit from some ‘small’ updates in New Delhi.
“Once we have acclimatised Jules and Max to the circuit, we will be firmly focused on maintaining the positive upturn with car performance and indeed trying to extract even more in India and over the next few races with the smaller developments we are introducing,” Booth added.