Jules Bianchi is facing a busy Saturday morning in Japan after a heavy crash in the first practice session saw him miss FP2 on Friday afternoon and complete just eight laps across the course of the day.
The Marussia driver made a mistake heading into turn nine, spearing his car into the wall and destroying the front-left of the car. Suzuka is renowned for being unforgiving due to its lack of run-off areas, and Bianchi paid the price along with a number of other drivers who also lost precious track time after making mistakes.
“It has been a tough day and with only eight laps completed it is not the way I had expected things to go in my first sessions at Suzuka,” the Frenchman said. “My chassis was too damaged for me to take part in FP2 so the team are building up the spare chassis and I will run again in FP3 tomorrow morning.”
However, Bianchi will have to try and fit almost three sessions worth of running into final practice on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying.
“We have a lot of work to do now,” he conceded. “All we can do is work hard and hope for a better day tomorrow.”
Marussia did however upload a picture to Twitter of Bianchi helping the team to fix the car, something you very rarely see in Formula One nowadays.
— Marussia F1 Team (@Marussia_F1Team) October 11, 2013