Jules Bianchi has secured a fairytale result for Marussia today by finishing in ninth place, scoring both his own and his team’s first ever points in Formula 1.
The Anglo-Russian team made its F1 debut at the beginning of the 2010 season, but has rarely challenged for a top ten finish to score any points. However, today, Bianchi finished the race in eighth place on track, but was then given a five second time penalty. This meant that he dropped behind Romain Grosjean, but in P9, he still scored two points for Marussia.
Although he did benefit from eight retirements in the race, Bianchi still finished ahead of Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen and Kimi Raikkonen on track with a great display. Overtaking at Monaco is difficult, and this meant that the Ferrari academy driver was able to defend from the drivers behind him excellently.
He was running in tenth place ahead of Grosjean, and with the five second penalty looked set to be cruelly denied any points. However, when Raikkonen and Magnussen crashed at the hairpin, they elevated Bianchi up into P8.
It was a remarkable result for the team that has struggled in F1 over the years, but finally they have something to truly smile about with this result.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the race, team principal John Booth said: “We’ve worked five years to get this.”
Now, the team is not only ahead of Caterham in the constructors’ championship, but it is also in front of Sauber who once again suffered a double DNF in Monaco.
This result will also have great financial benefits for Marussia, and the team will be hoping that this is not the only time in 2014 they will be celebrating a top ten finish.