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Bianchi to remain with Marussia for 2014 03 Oct 2013

Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02, on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Singapore Grand Prix, Race, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Sunday, 22 September 2013 Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Singapore Grand Prix, Race, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Sunday, 22 September 2013 Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Singapore Grand Prix, Race, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Sunday, 22 September 2013

Marussia have announced that they will retain Jules Bianchi as a race driver for next year. Frenchman Bianchi, 23, has impressed in his rookie campaign after joining the team just a week before the start of the 2013 season, with a highest finish of 13th in Malaysia.

“I am very happy to be able to confirm that I will stay with the Marussia F1 Team in 2014,” said Bianchi, who is also a member of Ferrari’s Driver Academy. “I couldn’t have wished for a more supportive environment in which to make my F1 debut and from the very beginning I have always felt completely at home with the team.

“We started the season very well and while the challenge has increased as the season has developed, we have learned important lessons together that will place us in a much stronger position next year when there are a lot of changes for the sport and the team to get used to. I am very excited to be part of the team as we all enter this new era of F1 and I look forward to achieving some rewarding performances together.”

Commenting on Marussia’s decision to retain Bianchi, team principal John Booth said: “It gives us great pleasure to announce that we will go forward into 2014 with Jules as one of our race drivers. Jules joined us at very short notice at the end of pre-season testing, with only two days of running under his belt. He rose to the challenge of his debut season exceptionally well and since that time has clearly demonstrated his ability and potential.

“2014 heralds a new era for the sport and continuity and consistency of line-up will be important in helping us to navigate the transition. We look forward to confirming our full race driver line-up later in the season. Until then we have an important job to do to ensure we retain our 10th place in the constructors’ championship and this is where our full focus will lie in the intervening period.”

Bianchi’s current team mate is fellow rookie Max Chilton.

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