Jules Bianchi

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Jules Bianchi
Jules Bianchi 2012-1.JPG
Bianchi in 2012.
Born (1989-08-03) 3 August 1989 (age 25)
Nice, France
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality  French
2014 team Marussia-Ferrari[1]
2014 car # 17
Races 33 (33 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 2
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2013 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2014 Singapore Grand Prix
2013 position 19th (0 pts)
Jules Bianchi
Related to Lucien Bianchi (great-uncle)
Mauro Bianchi (grandfather)
Previous series
201011
2009–102011
2009, 2012
2009
200809
2007
2007
GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
British Formula Three
Formula 3 Euro Series
French Formula Renault 2.0
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Championship titles
2009
2007
Formula 3 Euro Series
French Formula Renault 2.0

Jules Bianchi (born 3 August 1989) is a French racing driver, who currently drives for the Marussia Formula One team. He made his Formula One debut in 2013, driving for Marussia alongside Max Chilton. Previously he has raced in Formula Renault 3.5, the GP2 Series and Formula Three.

Bianchi entered Formula One as a test driver in 2011 at Ferrari, and carried out a similar role for Force India the following season. In 2013, he made his debut driving for Marussia; finishing 15th in his opening race in Australia. He ended the season in 19th position, but failed to score any points. His best result in his debut season was 13th at the Malaysian Grand Prix. In October 2013, the team confirmed that he would drive for the team the following season. In the 2014 season, he scored both his, and his team's, first points in Formula One at the Monaco Grand Prix.[2]

Family[edit]

Born in Nice, France, to Philippe,[3] Jules Bianchi is the grandson of Mauro Bianchi, three-times World Champion in the GT category. He is also the grandnephew of Lucien, who won the 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans and competed in nineteen Grands Prix in the Formula One World Championship between 1959 and 1968, with a podium finish in Monaco.[4][5]

Early career[edit]

Formula Renault[edit]

In 2007 Bianchi left karting and raced in French Formula Renault 2.0 for SG Formula, where he finished as champion with five wins.[6] He also competed in the Formula Renault Eurocup where he had one pole position and one fastest lap in three races.[7]

Formula Three[edit]

Bianchi during the opening round of the 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series season at Hockenheim.

In late 2007, Bianchi signed with ART Grand Prix to compete in the Formula 3 Euro Series.[8] Bianchi is currently managed by ART boss Nicolas Todt, manager of Formula One driver Felipe Massa.[9]

In 2008 Bianchi won the Masters of Formula 3 at Zolder,[3] and also finished third in the 2008 Formula 3 Euro Series season.[10]

Bianchi continued in the F3 Euroseries in 2009, leading ART's line-up along with rookie team-mates Valtteri Bottas, Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrien Tambay.[11] With eight wins, Bianchi sealed the title with a round to spare, at Dijon-Prenois. He then added a ninth win at the final round at Hockenheim. He also drove in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Monaco, after SG Formula acquired the cars formerly run by Kurt Mollekens.[12]

GP2 Series[edit]

Bianchi at Monza in 2011

Bianchi drove for ART in the subsequent GP2 Asia season and the 2010 GP2 Series season.[13] He competed in three of the four rounds of the GP2 Asia championship.[14] In the main series, Bianchi took two pole positions and a number of points positions before he was injured in a first-lap crash at the Hungaroring.[15] In the feature race, he spun into the path of the field exiting the first corner, and was struck head-on by Ho-Pin Tung, sustaining a fractured second lumbar vertebra in the process.[16] Bianchi was fourth in the drivers' championship at the time of his injury. Despite initial pessimistic assessments of the severity of his injury, he recovered to take part in the next round of the championship.[17]

Bianchi driving for Lotus ART during the Silverstone round of the 2011 GP2 Series season.

Bianchi remained with ART for 2011, and was partnered by 2010 GP3 Series champion Esteban Gutiérrez. He starred in the first two rounds of the 2011 GP2 Asia Series, holding off Romain Grosjean for victory in the feature race[18] and gaining fourth in the sprint race,[19] but he was later penalised.[20] He finished runner-up to Grosjean in the drivers' championship.[21] In the main series, Bianchi finished third in the championship, behind Grosjean and Luca Filippi.[3]

Formula Renault 3.5[edit]

Bianchi opted to switch to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for 2012, following his one-off appearance in the category in 2009. He signed for the Tech 1 Racing team, and was partnered with Kevin Korjus,[22] and later with Daniel Abt.

Formula One[edit]

Ferrari and Sahara Force India[edit]

In August 2009, Bianchi was linked by the BBC and various other media sources to the second Ferrari Formula One seat occupied by Luca Badoer during Felipe Massa's absence.[23][24] Bianchi tested for Ferrari at the young drivers test at Circuito de Jerez for two of the three days, over 1–2 December 2009.[25] This allowed for Ferrari to test Daniel Zampieri, Marco Zipoli and Pablo Sánchez López on 3 December, as they finished in the top three of the 2009 Italian Formula Three Championship. Teams have a three day annual window for test drivers under contract with others. Bianchi's performance on day one of the test led to him being signed by Scuderia Ferrari as a young driver along with Daniel Zampieri, Mirko Bortolotti and Raffaele Marciello.[26]

On 11 November 2010 he was confirmed by Ferrari as the team's test and reserve driver for the 2011 season, replacing Luca Badoer, Giancarlo Fisichella and Marc Gené, as well as confirming he would test for the team during the young driver test in Abu Dhabi over 16–17 November.[27] Bianchi carried on his GP2 Series racing, as Formula 1 allows test and reserve drivers to race in parallel in other competitions. On 13 September 2011, Bianchi tested for Ferrari at Fiorano, as part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, with fellow academy member and Sauber F1 driver Sergio Pérez. Bianchi completed 70 laps and recorded a quickest lap time of 1:00.213.[28] For the 2012 season, Ferrari loaned him to the Force India team, for whom he drove in nine Friday free practice sessions over the course of the year as the outfit's test and reserve driver.[29]

Marussia[edit]

2013[edit]

Bianchi driving the Marussia MR02 at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.

On 1 March 2013, Marussia announced that Bianchi was to replace Luiz Razia as a race driver after Razia's contract was terminated, due to sponsorship issues.[30] Bianchi qualified 19th for the Australian Grand Prix, out-qualifying team-mate Max Chilton by three-quarters of a second. Bianchi overtook Pastor Maldonado, and Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap and he eventually finished 15th on his debut.[31] He was 19th on the grid again in Malaysia, 0.3 seconds away from Q2. Bianchi fell behind the Caterhams at the start of the race, but moved up the order after the pit stops, eventually going on to finish 13th, ahead of his teammate, and both Caterhams.[32] As of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Bianchi had beaten his teammate in all qualifying sessions and all races that both of them had finished.[33] In the Japanese Grand Prix he and Charles Pic of Caterham were given 10 place grid penalty for receiving three reprimands over the season, and at the race, his race ended early after a collision with Giedo van der Garde.[34]

2014[edit]

Bianchi at the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix

In October 2013, Marussia confirmed that Bianchi would stay at the team for the following season.[35] After starting off the season with struggles in Australia, in which he was not classified, Bianchi overcame the odds to score his – and his team's – first World Championship points by finishing ninth at the Monaco Grand Prix.[2][36]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season[37] Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2007 French Formula Renault 2.0 SG Formula 13 5 5 10 11 172 1st
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 8 0 1 1 0 4 22nd
2008 Formula 3 Euro Series ART Grand Prix 20 2 2 2 7 47 3rd
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 9th
Masters of Formula 3 1 1 0 0 1 N/A 1st
2009 Formula 3 Euro Series ART Grand Prix 20 9 6 7 12 114 1st
British Formula Three Championship 4 0 2 2 3 0 NC†
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
Formula Renault 3.5 Series SG Formula 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2009–10 GP2 Asia Series ART Grand Prix 6 0 1 2 1 8 12th
2010 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 20 0 3 1 4 52 3rd
2011 GP2 Series Lotus ART 18 1 1 0 6 53 3rd
GP2 Asia Series 4 1 0 1 2 18 2nd
Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Test driver
2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Tech 1 Racing 17 3 5 7 8 185 2nd
Formula One Sahara Force India F1 Team Test driver
2013 Formula One Marussia F1 Team 19 0 0 0 0 0 19th
2014 Formula One Marussia F1 Team 14 0 0 0 0 2* 16th*

† – As Bianchi was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.
* Season in progress.

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2008[38] ART Grand Prix Dallara F308/049 Mercedes HOC1
1

Ret
HOC1
2

13
MUG
1

3
MUG
2

4
PAU
1

Ret
PAU
2

26
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

9
ZAN
1

3
ZAN
2

9
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

3
BRH
1

22
BRH
2

18
CAT
1

Ret
CAT
2

3
BUG
1

1
BUG
2

17
HOC2
1

7
HOC2
2

1
3rd 47
2009[39] ART Grand Prix Dallara F308 Mercedes HOC1
1

5
HOC1
2

3
MUG
1

1
MUG
2

14
PAU
1

1
PAU
2

3
NOR
1

1
NOR
2

1
ZAN
1

1
ZAN
2

6
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

5
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

Ret
CAT
1

1
CAT
2

5
BUG
1

2
BUG
2

1
HOC2
1

1
HOC2
2

7
1st 114

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2009[40] KMP Group/SG Formula CAT
1
CAT
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
MON
1

Ret
HUN
1
HUN
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
BUG
1
BUG
2
ALG
1
ALG
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
ALC
1
ALC
2
NC 0
2012[41] Tech 1 Racing ALC
1

DSQ
ALC
2

13
MON
1

2
SPA
1

2
SPA
2

17
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

12
MSC
1

2
MSC
2

7
SIL
1

1
SIL
2

3
HUN
1

3
HUN
2

9
LEC
1

4
LEC
2

1
CAT
1

7
CAT
2

Ret
2nd 185

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2010[42] ART Grand Prix ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

12
MON
FEA

4
MON
SPR

3
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

13
VAL
FEA

2
VAL
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

2
GBR
SPR

5
GER
FEA

5
GER
SPR

4
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

DNS
BEL
FEA

14
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

2
ITA
SPR

4
ABU
FEA

18
ABU
SPR

7
3rd 52
2011[42] Lotus ART TUR
FEA

3
TUR
SPR

7
ESP
FEA

7
ESP
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

19
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

7
GBR
FEA

1
GBR
SPR

5
GER
FEA

4
GER
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

7
HUN
SPR

6
BEL
FEA

2
BEL
SPR

2
ITA
FEA

8
ITA
SPR

3
3rd 53

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2009–10[42] ART Grand Prix ABU1
FEA
ABU1
SPR
ABU2
FEA

3
ABU2
SPR

7
BHR1
FEA

10
BHR1
SPR

NC
BHR2
FEA

10
BHR2
SPR

Ret
12th 8
2011[42] Lotus ART ABU
FEA

1
ABU
SPR

8
ITA
FEA

3
ITA
SPR

Ret
2nd 18

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicates fastest lap)[43]

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
2012 Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM05 Mercedes FO 108Z 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN
TD
BHR ESP
TD
MON CAN EUR
TD
GBR
TD
GER
TD
HUN
TD
BEL ITA
TD
SIN JPN KOR
TD
IND ABU
TD
USA BRA  –  –
2013 Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR02 Cosworth CA2013 V8 AUS
15
MAL
13
CHN
15
BHR
19
ESP
18
MON
Ret
CAN
17
GBR
16
GER
Ret
HUN
16
BEL
18
ITA
19
SIN
18
KOR
16
JPN
Ret
IND
18
ABU
20
USA
18
BRA
17
19th 0
2014 Marussia F1 Team Marussia MR03 Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6 t AUS
NC
MAL
Ret
BHR
16
CHN
17
ESP
18
MON
9
CAN
Ret
AUT
15
GBR
14
GER
15
HUN
15
BEL
18†
ITA
18
SIN
16
JPN
RUS
USA
BRA
ABU
16th* 2*

* Season in progress.

Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

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