Electronics and gearbox issues strike Bianchi

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014
Marussia F1 Team

Marussia F1 Team

Jules Bianchi was left frustrated after several problems scuppered his chances during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

Bianchi set the 18th fastest time but an electronics issue was exacerbated by gearbox woes which truncated the Frenchman's session.

"After all the hard work from everybody this weekend, it is disappointing that we experienced an issue in qualifying which meant that I could not get the most from the car," he said.

"Unfortunately we have experienced a few electronics problems again today and we thought we were on top of these, but they appeared again just as I was starting my first quick lap and that was occupied by the need to change some settings to ensure the car stayed reliable and then I had a problem with the gearbox.

"Then the rain came, which was really bad timing and we couldn’t get out again to try to improve. Still, I think there will be a lot of opportunities in the race tomorrow and we have to be focused to make the best of them."

Team-mate Max Chilton was happy after setting the 17th fastest time.

"I was really pleased with my lap on the opening run and felt that a few issues from FP3 had really come together. Bar one small mistake it was a clean lap," he said.

"There was more to come of course but I’m reasonably happy given all the factors that we’ve experienced. It would have been nice to improve as we were close to Q2 but the weather intervened, so this is where we will start the race and that is what we have to focus on now."


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