2014: Hope & Tragedy
For 2014 Marussia F1 switched to a Ferrari powerplant but retained the same driver tandem of Bianchi and Chilton for the MR03.
Optimism was high for the young team after Bianchi finished ninth at the Monaco Grand Prix and scored the first points in team history. It was a great drive for two points, as Bianchi started 21st and worked his way to the Top 10. Tragically it was the high water mark for Bianchi’s racing career.
On October 5, 2014 at the Japanese Grand Prix Bianchi struck a service tractor that was attending to Adrian Sutil’s Sauber. Bianchi sustained massive brain trauma and would never regain consciousness.
Bianchi passed away on July 17, 2015. He was 25 years old and his death rocked the motor sports world.
“I think it was Jules’s warmth that struck a chord,” he says. “We had all become good pals and, had he lived, I think that would have continued wherever he had gone in the future. I have run lots of gifted young drivers over the years, but have never known anyone who could unite people in the manner that Jules could.” – Marussia F1 team principal John Booth