Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Bianchi expects better in 2014

2013-12-07 08:30:00

 RSS

Share:

Bianchi expects better in 2014

Jules Bianchi reckons Marussia can close the gap to the midfield next season as he enters his second year in Formula One...

Jules Bianchi reckons Marussia can close the gap to the midfield next season as he enters his second year in Formula One.


A late call-up to the team meant Bianchi had little time to familiarse himself with the MR02 before heading to Australia for the season-opening grand prix.

The more time he spent in the car, the more comfortable he became and he proved to have the advantage over team-mate Max Chilton.

Bianchi also had the advantage over Caterham as his P13 at the Malaysian GP saw his Marussia team secure 10th in the Constructors' Championship.

"I have got better and better all through the season," he told Autosport.

"The start of the season was better compared to Caterham because I think the car was quicker, much quicker I think, but then they caught up and became much quicker than us, and at the end of the season I did my best races - like in Sao Paulo and Austin.

"Those races were much better than I did at the beginning of the season. So this is good for me, and good for my confidence now.

"I think I will be much more ready next year than I was this year."

But while Bianchi may be expecting better next season, bookmakers Paddy Power have ruled Marussia out of the title fight.

The Frenchman, though, reckons they will at least close the gap to the midfield.

"It is difficult to know what to expect because I did not drive the simulator, so I don't know what it will be like with the engine.

"For sure we will do a big step forward because we will start from zero again and now the team is a lot better than it was four years ago.

"So we will start a lot closer to the others and this will be really good for us."

A thumbs up from Lewis Hamilton...

Editor's Picks

What We Learned From Barca 1

What We Learned From Barca 1

The first four days at Barcelona had an unusual level of drama with sick notes, spins, crashes and an ominous final fling from Merc...

Ten Stupid Moments

Ten Stupid Moments

We've had our fair share of stupid moments in F1 this year and Andrew Davies has rounded up some of the best (or worst)...

Xmas Shopping F1 Style

Xmas Shopping F1 Style

PlanetF1 has teamed up with Memento Exclusives to offer you the best F1 Christmas shopping - and there's an extra something...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...

F1 Goes Wobbly

F1 Goes Wobbly

It seems that almost everything in F1 is open for negotiation these days - apart from the deflection of the front wing...