Marussia to race with one car in Sochi

Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:51am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SOCHI Russia (Reuters) - Marussia will race with only one car in Sunday's Russian Formula One Grand Prix out of respect for their severely injured French driver Jules Bianchi, the team said on Friday.

Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition in a Japanese hospital after he crashed into a recovery tractor at Suzuka during last Sunday's rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

"The Team have written to the stewards of the meeting to inform them that they have withdrawn their second car," Marussia said in a statement.

Along with Britain's Max Chilton, Marussia had entered American Alexander Rossi, their official reserve, for the inaugural race in Russia but had made clear on Thursday that was only a provisional move.

"The Team feels strongly that fielding a single car ... is the appropriate course of action under the difficult circumstances of the weekend," Marussia said.

"Jules' car crew have built a second car, which has been scrutineered and is ready to race, and this will remain on his side of the garage throughout the weekend," the team added.

"In support of Jules and his family, the team and their cars will carry the familiar #JB17 graphic, to ensure that although Jules is not with them in Sochi this weekend, he is, nonetheless, racing on with the Marussia F1 Team."

The 25-year-old Frenchman's name also remained over the garage along with Chilton's and all the other drivers carried stickers declaring 'Tous Avec Jules #17' on their helmets in a gesture of support.   Continued...