Max Chilton has dedicated his maiden Indy Lights pole position to former Marussia F1 teammate Jules Bianchi following the Frenchman’s death on Friday night.
Bianchi’s family confirmed in the early hours of Saturday morning that he had died at the age of 25 following a nine-month fight against severe head injuries sustained in an accident at last October’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Chilton was Bianchi’s only teammate in Formula 1, racing alongside the Frenchman in 2013 and 2014 at Marussia F1 Team before the operation collapsed towards the end of last season.
Unable to find another F1 seat, Chilton opted to switch over to Indy Lights for 2015 with Carlin in tandem with a role with Nissan in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
In qualifying at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, Chilton – pictured with Bianchi back in 2013 – recorded a two-lap average of 162.294mph to edge out Carlin teammate Ed Jones for pole position.
Taking to Twitter after the session, Chilton dedicated the result to Bianchi in a heartfelt message.
Chilton will be gunning for his first Indy Lights victory in the race later today at Iowa, which appears on the undercard of the IndyCar Iowa Corn 300, live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8pm ET.