Manor braced for emotional Suzuka return

By on Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Marussia F1 Team

Marussia F1 Team

Manor Marussia boss John Booth says that the outfit is braced for an emotion return to the Japanese Grand Prix this week, a year on from Jules Bianchi's ultimately fatal accident at Suzuka.

Bianchi sustained severe head injuries during a collision with a recovery vehicle during the 2014 race and the Frenchman passed away in July, following a nine month battle for survival.

"There is no escaping the fact that this will be an extremely emotional week for us," said Booth. "Many of the team members who were with us in 2014 are back with us this year, including our colleagues at Ferrari and of course Will [Stevens] and Alexander [Rossi], both of whom were in Suzuka last year in their roles as reserve drivers.

"We think of Jules every single day; he will forever be a huge part of our team. Without doubt, our memories are overwhelmingly happy ones, celebrating his incredible achievements in our race cars and the enjoyable times we shared along the way."

Booth has requested that Manor Marussia be able to deal with the weekend in a 'private' way.

"We were Jules’ team, and with that in mind I would ask everyone to understand and respect that, this weekend, we wish to deal with the experience of returning to Suzuka in a very private way," he explained.

"Our commitments will reflect this. It is my job to provide the team with the right environment in which to be able to do their job in spite of very difficult circumstances. This will be my primary focus.

"Jules has not only been constantly in our thoughts since that terrible day in 2014, but his name has also been on our car at every single race. That tribute, our incredibly fond memories of Jules and the camaraderie we have within our team are all we need to race on in his honour in Suzuka this weekend."

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