Bianchi admits more room to improve

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Marussia rookie Jules Bianchi, who’s already put in a star turn in the first two races of the 2013 Formula 1 season, still admits he has room for improvement.

Bianchi entered with only a day and a half of testing in the Marussia Cosworth after also testing for Force India this offseason.

“My driving is already good but I need to work on it and maybe I will find one-tenth on my side, which would be good,” he told Autosport. “It’s just confidence in the car as we didn’t run much (pre-season).”

Bianchi estimated he only entered Melbourne only “90 to 95 percent ready” and figures once the European season starts in Spain and the first round of car upgrades enter the equation, he and Marussia can be even better.

While fellow tail-ender squad Caterham has made Q2 before, Marussia has yet to do so in either of its guises as Marussia or Virgin prior to that. If the team continues the development push and Bianchi improves as estimated, that’s a target that can be achieved.

His strong start has thus far relegated teammate Max Chilton to the background, and already impressed his team bosses.

Supercross: Enzo Lopes will race with ClubMX in 2024

Lopes ClubMX 2024
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Coming off his best Supercross season to date, Enzo Lopes has re-signed with Muc-Off / ClubMX Yamaha and will race for the team in 2024. The deal is for Supercross only.

Enzo Lopes won his heat race in Denver and finished fourth in the Main. – Feld Motor Sports

Lopes debuted in the Supercross series in 2019 on a Suzuki and scored his first top-10 finishes in his last two starts of that season. Showing consistent improvement, he earned six top-10s in eight Main events the following year and finished fifth in the 250 East standings. In 2022, he scored his first top-five at Daytona and finished in the top five in points again.

“I am happy to be returning to ClubMX for another season,” Lopes said in a press release. “It is like family to me there and that is very important. Although I had many options, staying where I am makes the most sense for many reasons. The bikes are great, the people are great, the tracks are amazing, and I am surrounded by people that care about me. We all want to win and together we will get there.”

While he improved his season-best performance by only one position this year, it was nevertheless a breakout season. Lopes barely missed the podium three times in 2023 with fourth-place finishes at San Diego, Seattle, and Denver.

His strong performance him rumored to be speaking with factory teams.

“We could see the growth from Enzo every time he gets on the bike,” said team owner Brandon Haas. “We all knew it was just a matter of time before he would be noticed by everyone, and we are proud of him on many levels. He had some heat race wins and qualified fastest at three events this season. It would be hard not to be noticed going that fast. He had a big decision to make and we are glad he chose to stay with us at ClubMX.”

Lopes had three podium finishes in heat races this year, including a win preceding his fourth-place finish in Denver.

Lopes will join Jeremy Martin, Phil Nicoletti and Garrett Marchbanks, who announced a two-year extension with the team in January, at the ClubMX team.