Bianchi gets new race engineer for Spain
7 May 2014 – Marussia's Jules Bianchi will begin working with a new race engineer at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend with Francesco Nenci arriving from Sauber.
Nenci takes over from Paul Davison, who now becomes the Head of Vehicle Performance. Davison has been with the Banbury team since its inaugural season in 2012, initially working with Charles Pic before linking up with Bianchi in 2013. He has continued in that role during the opening part of the 2014 Formula 1 season, pending Nenci's arrival.
"Paul and Francesco will [now] work together by way of a handover at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, after which Paul will be fully focused on his new role based at the Marussia Technical Centre in Banbury, UK," Marussia said.
Bianchi meanwhile is looking forward to the start of the European season and will be out to improve on his 16th place finish in Bahrain and his 17th place in China.
"The first four circuits we have visited have all been quite different, and not so typical of the more traditional circuits we find on the European calendar, so it is always nice to get back to venues like Barcelona which we are a little more familiar with. This helps in terms of understanding the car a bit more," said the Frenchman.
"Having said that, this is not such a straightforward circuit; it's quite bumpy and quite challenging to find a good set-up. Generally though, if we can get the car working well here, it is a good sign, especially with our new developments. It has been nice to have a break and take some time to consider the opening races, but now I am excited to get my teeth into the next phase of the season," he added.