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Marussia: Jules couldn't do anything else

Monday 8th July 2013

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Marussia: Jules couldn't do anything else

Marussia: Jules couldn't do anything else

Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon admits it was a huge relief that nothing serious happened when Jules Bianchi's car rolled backwards at the Nurburgring.

Bianchi's MR02 suffered an engine failure on lap 23 and smoke soon started coming out of the back, prompting the Frenchman to get out of the car as quickly as possible.

However, the Marussia soon started to roll down the hill at Turns 13 and 14 and race leaders Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean were forced to slow down.

Thankfully nothing serious happened, and Lowdon says there wasn't much else that Bianchi could've done.

"You could see it was a catastrophic failure of the engine, and instantaneous because we didn't see anything until it went," he told Press Association Sport.

"It was a bit frustrating because we had just managed to get ahead of both Caterhams and the race was looking quite good for us.

"Jules pulled off the track straight away, the car was in neutral when he stopped, and he then put the steering wheel back on, as he is required to do.

"There was a marshal in attendance when he left the car, which was stationary. There was nothing more Jules could have done.

"There was clearly no engine, he couldn't put it in gear, he couldn't do anything with it at all.

"What happened is part of the nature of this circuit - it's hilly - although obviously not something you want to see, but one of those things.

"Thankfully nobody had to avoid the car. There was obvious relief nothing happened, but it was pretty slow moving at the time and the yellow flags were also out."

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