Booth: Bianchi’s points made Manor return possible

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John Booth says the Manor Marussia team would not have returned to the Formula 1 grid in 2015 if not for the two points scored by Jules Bianchi at last year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Bianchi produced a standout drive on the streets of Monte Carlo to finish ninth, collecting Marussia’s first ever points in Formula 1.

The Frenchman suffered severe head injuries in an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix later that year, but those two points proved enough for the team to secure ninth in the constructors’ standings, despite missing the final three races of the season after entering administration.

The Marussia team faced an uncertain winter and looked set to collapse, until fresh investment was found in time for it to return for the 2015 season-opener in Australia.

Speaking to French publication Auto Hebdo, Manor Marussia team boss Booth said it was Bianchi’s points in Monaco that convinced the outfit’s new partners to invest.

“I think about Jules almost every day. I think about Jules, and I think he should be here with us to share our joy,” Booth said.

“We have not been able to put the cars on the track, but we have nonetheless won our fight. I so much wish for Jules to win his.

“Without him, without the two points he scored in Monaco last year, we would not be here. In the end, that is what convinced the new investors of the potential of the team.

“Being here is our way of saying to Jules that the race is not over until the checkered flag has fallen. We emerged from the worst ordeal Manor has ever known, and I have no doubt that Jules will succeed too.

“What we were able to rebuild during the winter shows that faith can move mountains. There is always hope as long as we believe in it.”

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Images courtesy of Manor Marussia F1 Team

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