16/07/2012

Weekend Analysis

After Parthiva Sureshwaren's absence from F2 this weekend (still not sure why, asked a few people - including some other Indian drivers - but no-one seems to know the reason), the only guy we had in action was Sahara Force India's reserve driver Jules Bianchi. This is how he got on:

Race one result: Bianchi 2nd (18 points).
Race two result: Bianchi 7th (6 points).

Race one
Jules started 3rd on the grid for race one, despite being held up by traffic in qualifying. In the race, the Frenchman was having a great battle with Sam Bird for 3rd place. Jules defended very well and held the position. Meanwhile upfront there was a battle for the lead and Marco Sørensen spun off under pressure. Jules just managed to avoid Sørensen's car to take a well deserved 2nd place.

(Jules Bianchi (left) on the podium for his 2nd place in race one, click to enlarge)

Race two
A great qualifying saw Jules take pole position for race two! After the session he said:

"It was another hotly-disputed session and until the very last lap I didn't know exactly where I stood. I put in two quick laps in succession. My car was working really well; now I'll have to concentrate on the race".

The opening laps of the race were crazy with several collisions and incidents. Unfortunately Jules had a coming together with Marco Sørensen and that cost him some time. In an attempt to make up for lost ground Jules took an alternative strategy to the rest of the field and wound up in 7th place.

It's the first time this season that Jules has scored points in both races of the same round - although 7th place will not be what he was hoping for from race two. Having said that, the other major title contenders did not score in that race, so actually it would be okay.

Standings are now:

Drivers' Championship (1st -5th):
1) Robin Frijns (111 pts)
2) Sam Bird (101)
3) Jules Bianchi (85)
4) Marco Sørensen (79)
5) Nick Yelloly (76)

Our driver has jumped from 5th place to 3rd place this weekend - and he's looking forward, not back - all in all a good weekend in Russia. Next races are at Silverstone (UK) on the 25th & 26th August.

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