Jules Bianchi ( born August 3, 1989 in Nice ) is a French racing driver. He won the 2009 championship of the Formula 3 Euro Series. He joined in 2010 and 2011 in the GP2 Series and both times was third overall. In 2012, he was with Tech 1 Racing Vice champion of the Formula Renault 3.5. Since 2013 he occurs for Marussia in Formula 1.
Bianchi is the grandson of Mauro Bianchi, a three-time world champion of the GT category, and grandnephew of Lucien Bianchi, a former Formula 1 driver who won the 24 - hour race at Le Mans in 1968.
From 2004 to 2006 Bianchi was active in karting. In 2007 he moved to Formula racing and was charged with five victories this season at first masterpiece of the French Formula Renault. He also began 2.0 Eurocup for half a season in Formula Renault.
2008 Bianchi joined the Formula 3 Euro series and was obliged by the champion team ART Grand Prix. While his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg won the championship title, Bianchi won two races and was at the end of the season in third place overall. In addition, he was the best rookie. He also won the Formula 3 Masters at Zolder. 2009 Bianchi went again for ART Grand Prix in the Formula 3 Euro Series at the start. He dominated his second season and won nine races. In Zandvoort him a weekend came with the optimum point yield: He took the pole position in qualifying, won both races and also each scored the fastest lap of the race. A race weekend before the finish he secured ahead of the championship. In addition, Bianchi took part in a round of the Formula Renault 3.5 and completed guest appearances in the British Formula 3 Championship.
In December 2009, Bianchi graduated two Formula 1 test day for the Scuderia Ferrari. In addition, he received a long-term delivery contract with Ferrari. For the second race weekend he went for ART Grand Prix in the 2009/2010 GP2 Asia Series season and reached directly in his first race as a third podium placement. He remained in any points in the remaining races, he finished in the end of the season in twelfth place overall. He also took part in the GP2 Series 2010 season for ART Grand Prix. In an accident at the Hungaroring, where he collided head-on with Ho -Pin Tung, he retired with a broken lumbar serious injury. After it looked at first after a long break for Bianchi, he benefited from the four -week break before the next race and took after an operation on his spine again participate in the GP2 series. While he drove in some races with the front, a victory he did not succeed. As the best win -less pilot, he finished at the end of the season with three second places as best results, third overall. After the end of the season, he participated in two Formula 1 test days for Ferrari as part of the Young Driver Days.
2011 Bianchi remained at ART, which was supported from this season in addition the car manufacturer Lotus. First he went to the GP2 Asia Series at the start. Bianchi won the first race and was runner-up behind Romain Grosjean. After he completed his second season for ART in GP2 series. After he had finished the first race in third place, he fell in the second race weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya on by repeated errors. First, he lost the pole position, as he had ignored a yellow flag, then he broke the sprint race from a starting collision with Giedo van der Garde, for which he was treated at the next race weekend on the grid to five positions to the rear. In the main race of the fifth race weekend at Silverstone Bianchi finally scored his first victory in the GP2 Series. At the Nürburgring he led the sprint race over long distances, and came to a braking mistake in second place to the finish. The season he finished with a total of six podium finishes in third place in the drivers' standings. He also took over in 2011 the position of a test driver in Formula 1 team Ferrari. In this capacity, he came at the Young Driver Days on all three days of testing used.
2012 Bianchi moved to Tech 1 Racing in the Formula Renault 3.5. Bianchi won per a race at the Nurburgring, Silverstone and Le Castellet. At the last race of the season collided Bianchi, who had gone four points behind in second place in the race, with his title counterparty Frijns who had caused the collision. Frijns was indeed subject to a time penalty on the final rating but this changed nothing. Bianchi said after the season incomprehension of this decision. With a total of eight podium finishes Bianchi was second overall. He was also the season replacement driver in the Formula 1 team Force India and there took part in some free practice sessions. His contract with the Scuderia Ferrari remained still and he completed during the season Formula 1 test driving and simulator work for Ferrari.
For the 2013 Formula 1 season Bianchi negotiated first with Force India on a regular cockpit and led test drives through for the team. However, Force India Adrian Sutil gave the preference. Shortly thereafter, Bianchi received at Marussia an F1 cockpit for the 2013 season. Bianchi is the third pilot, which was confirmed by Marussia for this cockpit. First, Timo Glock and Luiz Razia had a contract for the cockpit. With both drivers but the contracts were canceled due to financial difficulties of the racing team. Making its debut in Australia, he was in training in some cases up to one second faster than his team mate Chilton. In the race, he came in 15th place finish. His best finish achieved Bianchi at the second race of the season, the Malaysian Grand Prix. There he crossed the finish line in 13th place. Bianchi finished his debut season at the 19th place overall. He was the best pilot, who had scored no points.
2014 Bianchi remained at Marussia who drive from this season with Ferrari engines. After the third race, he finished 22nd overall.
His manager Nicolas Todt, who is responsible, inter alia, the Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa and Sebastien Bourdais.
With the introduction of permanent Formula 1 race numbers 2014 Bianchi chose the # 17 for his future career.
- 2004-2006: Karting
- 2007: French Formula Renault (Master)
- 2007: Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup ( 22nd place)
- 2008: Formula 3 Euro Series ( 3rd place)
- 2009: Formula 3 Euro Series (Master)
- 2009: Formula Renault 3.5
- 2010: GP2 Asia Series (No. 12)
- 2010: GP2 Series ( 3rd place)
- 2011: GP2 Asia Series (2nd place)
- 2011: GP2 Series ( 3rd place)
- 2011: Formula 1 ( test driver )
- 2012: Formula Renault 3.5 (2nd place)
- 2012: Formula 1 ( test driver )
- 2013: Formula 1 ( 19th place )
- 2014: Formula 1
Individual results in the Formula 3 Euro Series
Individual results in the GP2 Asia Series
Individual results in the GP2 Series
Individual results in the Formula Renault 3.5
Statistics in Formula 1
Status: Bahrain Grand Prix, April 6, 2014