New Marussia drivers Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi chat to Pole Position’s Rosanna Tennant after their interview with BBC Radio 5 Live. Both drivers are new to F1 so they explain how it felt to sit on the grid at the Melbourne Grand Prix and how they’re preparing for the Malaysian GP.
Q: Jules, 11th-fastest race lap en route to a 15th-place finish on your debut. It’s a performance that’s got you on a number of people’s radars already. What did you think of it?
Jules Bianchi: Well, honestly it has been a really nice weekend for me in Australia even if it was quite a late call for me because I didn’t do all the pre-season testing. Anyway, I was really happy. I just tried to enjoy and see what we were able to do in the race. Obviously the race went pretty well. We had a good start, everything was good, and we did a good result. We know what we have to improve and we will try to do that for the next few races.
Q: You were with Force India of course in February in testing and you only had on test with Marussia before Australia. What do you think is possible with this car this season?
JB: I think I was really surprised when I drove it for the first time. My expectation was a lot lower than that. I was really happy when I drove it. I think we can do good results. We know what we have to improve again, so we’re just trying to do that, trying to improve the car and trying to improve myself as well, because I’m new in the team, new in Formula One. I want to show people what I am able to do, so I will try to do my best for all the other races.
Q: (David Croft – Sky Sports) We often get views from some of our viewers that there shouldn’t be blue flags in Formula One and that everyone has a right to be racing out on the circuit and shouldn’t have to move over and it’s an art to overtake a back-marker or a front runner. I just want to know from a few of you, do you think there should be blue flags in Formula One? Kimi and the rest of the rookies…
JB: Well, obviously I think it’s normal that we have to move the way out because they are fighting for the victory and we are lapped, so when we are lapped I think it’s right to give the place to the leader. So, yeah, I think it’s normal rules to have blue flags.
Q: (Dan Knutson – Auto Action) Jules, you had a very good race (in Australia) but you had so little testing; do you see yourself making some really big steps when you get some more track time?
JB: Obviously it would have been better for me to have more testing but my race was good and there’s much more to come from my side, specially to set the car up well, because I don’t know the car. I only did one and a half days before the race, so I think it’s something I need to get used to and for sure I will have more performance after that. But I think I’m already at a good level, for sure. I trained a lot last year with Force India and the year before with Ferrari, so now I feel ready to race in Formula One, that’s why I am here. I still need to improve but I’m already happy with that.
Q: And how much is the simulator helping you in this situation?
JB: Well, obviously I did a lot of simulator preparation before the race in Australia and it was really helpful, especially because I didn’t know the track and the same for this track, so it’s something really useful.
Q: (Velimir Veljko Jukic – Auto Fokus) We have a couple of rookies here and normally you have reached the first level to the biggest category, but probably there are some big secret wishes which you don’t talk about. Would you maybe reveal your secret wish to this audience?
JB: I don’t think there are many secrets in Formula One. You just need to work out a lot and be ready for that. I don’t see any secrets.
With the 2013 Formula 1™ season about to kick off again this weekend in KL, Malaysia, the Marussia F1 Team thought they would take some time out of their busy racing schedules to visit the kids and staff of the Taarana School in Taman OUG, Kuala Lumpur.
With an early start to the day, the official drivers for the Marussia F1 Team, Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi, met with their adoring young fans, treating them to a morning of fun and sports. Max and Jules were invited to a tour of the school’s classrooms, before being challenged to a remote control car race with selected children, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the kids and everyone at the scene.
All at Taarana, a Vijayaratnam Foundation school for children with learning difficulties, were over the moon, excited and happy to meet with their favourite Formula 1™ Team drivers and members. The event was a huge success, and the Marussia F1 Team were thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the Malaysian community in their own way.