Bianchi: It felt like a victory to me

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Marussia crowned their hero Jules Bianchi in Monaco, after the French driver made history and delivered the backmarker team its first-ever Formula 1 points.

Maintaining the spot in the constructors’ chase ahead of Caterham and even Sauber would now be worth millions of dollars in Formula 1 prize money to the struggling team.

Ironically, however, Frenchman Bianchi’s feat could also cost Marussia the talented, Ferrari-backed driver.

“It felt like a victory to me, Even if it does not mean so much for others, for us this ninth place is like a win,” he told Auto Motor und Sport.

But Bianchi also admitted that Monaco 2014 could be the turning point in his career, “It can only help, but as for the future, we will have to see as the season progresses. I do feel ready for a top team.”

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Bianchi’s result earned praise even from arguably the very best driver on the grid, Fernando Alonso, “He is not only a Ferrari junior driver, but also a friend.

“We spend a lot of time together at Maranello,” Alonso is quoted by Speed Week. “We play football and basketball and also travel together a lot. I am so pleased for him.

“I have no doubt that he will have a very good career and so I hope that this result helps him to find a competitive cockpit for next season,” he added.

The task now for Bianchi’s manager, Nicolas Todt, the son of FIA president Jean Todt and also Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado’s manager, is obvious, “It is often said that Monaco is a driver circuit.”

“Yes, he benefitted from what happened in the race but when you see his lap times, he had the pace. My job now is to try to ride this little wave, as they do not come along every day,” Todt is quoted by BFMTV. (GMM)