Jules Bianchi earned the Marussia team its first-ever points with a superb ninth place in the Monaco GP – in the team’s fifth season.
Bianchi actually finished eighth on the road, but he had a five second penalty added to his race time, which dropped him behind Romain Grosjean.
The team had taken the penalty – due to Bianchi being out of position in the grid when Maldonado was absent – when he pitted for tires under the safety car, but the rules do not allow that.
“What a race and what a result for the whole team,” said the Frenchman. “I am just incredibly happy, but first of all I have to pay credit to everyone at the Marussia F1 Team for making this possible. Nobody knows just how much work and determination goes into our races, so today I am thrilled that I have helped them to achieve their long-held target of our first points. To achieve them together makes me very proud.
“It was not an easy race; there were some enjoyable highs along the way, but also a couple of concerning moments too. What matters at the end is that we got there and we can savor the highlights for a long time to come.”
“A lot of this weekend’s clear step stems from the progress we made at the recent Barcelona test,” said team boss John Booth. “We were cautiously optimistic about our performance increment, but we really needed to see it translate into a good race here in Monaco before we could feel too confident. We are only a young team, but we have every reason to believe in ourselves and a positive future.
“Clearly, in today’s race, we benefited from some attrition but, throughout, we were running at a pace that allowed us to stay in position with the cars around us. It is clear that we are now able to race with the back of the midfield pack. The penalty situation was a cause for concern and the way in which we served this with Jules was the product of some unusual circumstances, but we understand and accept the decisions. Thankfully, the second penalty was not the determining factor that it could have been.”Formula 1, Jules Bianchi, Marussia