Jules Bianchi

RasputinLives

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I'm hoping Kovi gets back in the race seat for Caterham and then we'll had a better measure of him.
 

RasputinLives

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So Gonzalez takes Bianchi's car for P1 and the gearbox gets trashed. Bianchi gets back in it and its set on fire twice after sessions.

Bet he's thinking that the car ran fine until that bugger got in it.
 

cider_and_toast

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http://www1.skysports.com/formula-1...chi-gets-thumbs-up-for-his-start-to-f1-career

Some interesting messages coming out of this article.

Is Bianchi being shaped up to slot in as Massa's replacement ?? From what's written here it's hard to tell but it is clear that Ferrari are pleased with their young driver.

I found this quote intersting though:

"We will continue to concentrate on stress management, an aspect where he has already made great progress, even if there is still room for improvement."

This suggests that Bianchi would struggle with the additional expectations of driving for the Scuderia. Is this what could hold him back?

Looking at the next steps in Bianchi's development, Baldisserri added: "Clearly, currently Jules is not in a situation where he can fight in the midfield and for the future, it will be important to know if his presence in Formula 1 will have some continuity and in that case, what could be the potential of his team."

From this quote it would suggest that before any step up, Ferrari would like to see more from Bianchi but the dilema they have is that he needs a better car to show what he can really do when mixing it with the midfield. So, could this mean a move to a better funded team but not a place at the top table ??
 
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sushifiesta

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Maybe Force India will give him a seat, it seemed a close call for this season and he's done pretty well so far for Marussia. Sutil seems unsure of keeping his seat and I'm not sure Di Resta is doing himself any favours with his attitude (he seems too quick to openly criticise the team, even if they are to blame).

I really don't see Bianchi getting a Ferrari seat in 2014 though, especially with the regulations overhaul. I think the step up from Marussia to Ferrari would be bigger than the step from GP2 to Marussia in many ways.
 

RasputinLives

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I think the 'pressure managment' stuff is well advised. Bianchi did buckle under the pressure when he ran in GP2 and didn't do himself justice. When he moved over to the Renault World Series the pressure was off a little and his talent came through more. He would have won it too if it wasn't for some, shall we say, aggressive driving by Frinjs.

I think Marussia was a wise move because its allowed him to get his confidence up in F1 without the inital pressure of results. He does need to step it up next year and Force India would be a good option but I think he burnt that bridge when he left for Marussia. Also FI seemed to be in negotiations with James Caledo right now.
 

Fenderman

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Judging by his career stat's he is one of the better qualified of the new chaps so he deserves a decent seat. If those stress issues are dealt with then that's better still. As for his being unable to fight in the midfield that's probably more to do with being sat in a Marussia rather than a comment on his skill. I think a carelessly misplaced or a missing comma in that article is misleading:

"Clearly, currently Jules is not in a situation where he can fight in the midfield and for the future, it will be important to know if his presence in Formula 1 will have some continuity and in that case, what could be the potential of his team."

That implies: "Jules is not in a situation where he can fight in the midfield and for the future," until his stress issues are sorted out. I suspect however that it should have read like this: "Jules is not in a situation where he can fight in the midfield, and for the future it will be important to know if his presence in Formula 1 will have some continuity ..."

The implication of those statements is that an offer from a midfield team hasn't been forthcoming and that Marussia are dragging their feet with regard to a definite commitment. It's not unusual for drives to be offered well into the second half of the season. He's way better than some others we could name so there is hope of good seat for Jules yet.

A final thought regarding the stress management comment. Not knowing the full context of that one has to ask the question "Is stress management training a normal integral part of the Ferrari Academy training regime OR has Bianchi required it as an extra curricula activity? Considering he is regarded as the pick of the academy's crop, and based on his performance so far in F1, I suspect it's the former - i.e. a normal part of the programme. Learning to cope with stress and pressure is a normal part of one's growth as an individual so his stress management training might just be "getting a leg up".
 

Blog Zbod

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In a recent (for-pay) Autosport Plus, Bianchi's race engineer, Paul Davison speaks glowingly of Bianchi, labeling him "the real deal." Says he has a balanced feel for what's important versus what's minutia that belies his experience level. Doesn't try to engineer the car but he is good about providing the engineers the info they need, and understands the significance of the changes as they make them.

He calls Bianchi the most professional (in so many words) driver he has worked with in 10 years, and says his qualy lap at Malaysia was the best lap ever turned in a Marussia car.
 

RasputinLives

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Shine has gone off Jules a little this year. He had periods in his junior career where he would go off the boil somewhat.

Suddenly he's being put in the shade by Max Chilton who is single handedly taking the Marussia fight to Caterham!
 

RasputinLives

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Yep. It was good to see him have a good race today because he's not had the best races this year.

Whilst the points could be seen as lucky you have to remember there were guys with far more experience making mistakes when he didn't.
 

Jen

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I don't actually believe in luck in such circumstances. Maybe opportunity is a better word.

No driver is infallible and there is always a winner off the back of 'bad luck'.

I'm glad it was Jules this week!!
 

Slyboogy

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Good race from him and he could have finished higher if he didn't start on the wrong grid spot, cost him more 10+ seconds.

Although his move on Kobayashi was a bit naughty and probably deserved a 5 second penalty.
 

mjo

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'Opportunistic' I think is a better word.

And also, if Magnussen hadn't got going again we would have had a Caterham in the points aswell.
 

Bus Stop Chicane

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Good race from him and he could have finished higher if he didn't start on the wrong grid spot, cost him more 10+ seconds.

Although his move on Kobayashi was a bit naughty and probably deserved a 5 second penalty.
We complain about no overtaking at Monaco and as soon as someone sticks one up the inside of the penultimate corner we're saying he should get a penalty.

In saying that I'm surprised he wasn't penalised. They'll be penalised for going off the racing line next.
 

Bill Boddy

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His overtake was good opportunist driving, I'm sure that Kobayashi would have done the same had the roles been reversed; then we would have been hearing about yet another fantastic by the Japanese.
 
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Latest confirmed news is that he is in a critical condition and is being operated on for a severe head injury. After seeing images of the car after the crash that is better news than I was expecting. It is great to see the whole F1 community come together at a time like this. #ForzaJules
 
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