Bianchi: Marussia ahead of Lotus at Monza
5 September 2014 – Jules Bianchi was buoyed by Marussia's relative performance after outpacing the Lotus drivers during Friday practice at Monza.
Bianchi finished 17th in the afternoon, ahead of both Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean, who were split by team-mate Max Chilton.
"It has taken us the two sessions to get the car closer to a more ideal balance, but I'm pretty comfortable with where we finished," said Bianchi.
"We're close to [Adrian] Sutil and ahead of the two Lotuses, so although we still have some work to do, I think we can enjoy a good race."
Chilton added: "Jules and I have been close on the timesheets for most of the day and I'm sandwiched between the two Lotus cars and ahead of both Caterhams, so I think there are some positive signs for the weekend."
Marussia lies ninth in the standings on two points, ahead of Sauber and Caterham which are yet to score.