Marussia to field one car in Russia

By on Friday, October 10, 2014
Marussia F1 Team

Marussia F1 Team

Marussia has confirmed that it will run just a solitary car for Max Chilton in this weekend's Russian Grand Prix at Sochi.

Jules Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital following his accident in the Japanese Grand Prix and while Marussia mechanics built up a second car, it will remain on Bianchi's side of the garage in tribute.

Marussia had originally named reserve driver Alexander Rossi on the entry list, but this was a formality to comply with regulations.

'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,' read a statement.

'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.'

Bianchi's team-mate, Chilton, said he was 'devastated' by the accident.

"I don't know how to put into words how truly devastated I am by what has happened to Jules," he said.

"The support from the F1 family has been incredible and all we can do is be there to support Jules' family at this difficult time. It is going to be a very emotional weekend for the whole team, but we will try to get through it and keep praying for Jules."

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