user icon

'Marussia urged Bianchi to push hard before crash'

  • Published on 14 Oct 2014 14:00
  • comments 0
  • By: Rob Veenstra
Marussia has been thrown into the spotlight as more information reportedly emerges about Jules Bianchi's tragic Suzuka crash. Germany's Sport Bild claims an FIA transmission recorded at the time of the Frenchman's incident said: "Bianchi did not slow down under yellow".

The magazine also accuses Marussia of urging Bianchi - who is still fighting for his life in hospital in Japan - to push hard to recover a gap to Caterham's Marcus Ericsson. Sport Bild's correspondents said the radio messages, not mentioned by race director Charlie Whiting during his media briefing at Sochi last week, were recorded.

The revelations came at the same time as quadruple world champion Alain Prost stepped up his criticism of the governing FIA in the wake of the Bianchi crash. "It is cars and tracks (that have been improved)," he is quoted by the Telegraph, "and there was only one thing left: it was this fu**ing truck on the track. I was furious," the Frenchman reportedly added.

In his Sochi briefing, Whiting denied Felipe Massa's claims that the Brazilian was "screaming" on the radio at the time of Bianchi's crash for the race to be stopped due to worsening conditions. "That's not true," Whiting insisted, according to Speed Week. "We recorded everything. He (Massa) said once: 'The rain conditions are getting worse'."

Told of Whiting's denial, however, Massa insists he called for the race to be stopped. "It's the truth," he said. "I screamed and was quite aggressive. I'm not sure if he heard what I said, but I said it was unacceptable and too dangerous to drive in such conditions," Massa added.

Sportwoche, an Austrian publication, claims doctors have discussed with Bianchi's parents the prospect of switching off the Marussia driver's life support systems in Japan, such is the apparent extent of his brain injuries. It is clearly still a time of high emotions in F1 circles.

After a group of smiling drivers photographed themselves enjoying a party aboard their private jet home from Russia, the headline in the Swiss newspaper Blick wondered: "Have they forgotten Bianchi already?"

FIA president Jean Todt has even come under fire for shaking every F1 driver's hand on the Sochi grid except the disgruntled Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso's. Todt hit back by revealing he actually hugged the Spaniard beforehand. Spain's AS newspaper quoted FIA spokesman Matteo Bonciani as saying Todt was "devastated" by the Alonso snub claims at a time when their mutual friend Bianchi is in a critical condition.

Meanwhile, Marussia sporting boss Graeme Lowdon is not commenting on rumours Californian Alexander Rossi is the obvious choice when the team returns to a two-car operation in Austin in three weeks. "Let's use this time to decide what is the best solution," he said. (GMM)

Replies (0)

Login to reply
SM1

Related news

SM2

JP Grand Prix of Japan

Local time 

View more photos

JP Grand Prix of Japan

Local time 

View more photos


Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Is Charles Leclerc the new number 1 driver at Ferrari?

World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Sauber
  • Points 18
  • Podiums 0
  • Grand Prix 81
  • Country Sweden
  • Date of b. Sep 2 1990 (29)
  • Place of b. Kumla, Sweden
  • Weight 63 kg
  • Length 1.80 m
Show full profile


Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
-
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
-
Spain
23 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
23 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar