Marussia determined to defend Bianchi's achievement

Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:18am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SOCHI Russia (Reuters) - The Marussia Formula One team are determined to defend Jules Bianchi's legacy once they have picked up the pieces and regrouped after a week from hell.

The British-based team withdrew the Frenchman's car from Sunday's inaugural Russian Grand Prix as a mark of respect for their critically injured driver but, with their ninth place in the championship at stake, have decisions to make.

"We'll come up with a plan for the next race and through to the end of the season, and I'm sure the guys are up for it," sporting director Graeme Lowdon told reporters at the Sochi circuit.

"We make no comment as far as the driver line-up is concerned because we haven't had time to sit down properly and have a look at the all options," he added.

"We've a little bit of a gap now, which seems like a luxurious one, so we'll use that time to work out what the best thing is. It's never straightforward, so we'll do whatever is right."

Bianchi suffered severe head injuries after losing control on a wet track at Suzuka eight days ago and skidding off into a recovery tractor that was removing Adrian Sutil's crashed Sauber.

He was taken to hospital unconscious and remains 'critical but stable'.

There are three races remaining, with double points on offer for the final round in Abu Dhabi, and Marussia need two cars to have the best shot of preventing Sauber and Caterham from overtaking them in the standings.   Continued...

Marussia Formula One driver Max Chilton of Britain (C) and his team members pray for Marussia Formula One driver Jules Bianchi of France who had an accident in the previous race, before the first Russian Grand Prix in Sochi October 12, 2014. REUTERS/Pool/Valdrin Xhemaj