The Marussia F1 Team is yet to confirm if it will run two cars at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix following Jules Bianchi’s shocking accident at last weekend’s Grand Prix in Japan.
Bianchi remains in intensive care in a critical but stable condition at the Mie General Medical Center, having suffered serious head injuries after colliding with a recovery vehicle at Suzuka.
The team has submitted a two-car entry document to the FIA – in accordance with its requirements – nominating reserve driver Alexander Rossi (pictured performing a track walk around the Sochi Autodrom with the team’s engineers yesterday) alongside regular driver Max Chilton, but the team is yet to officially determine if it will field Rossi. A final call is not expected until this morning.
It is understood that the team has made contact with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone to ensure it would face any repercussions by fielding just one car, or – worst case – withdrawing from the event entirely. Teams that fail to field two entries at each Grand Prix can face significant financial penalties, or even the disqualification of their racing license.
The wishes of Bianchi’s family, who are being supported in Japan by team boss John Booth, are pivotal to the team’s eventual decision.
Rossi was set to have made his Grand Prix debut at the Belgian Grand Prix after Max Chilton’s sponsors failed to deliver a payment instalment in time, however he was withdrawn (with Chilton reinstated) after participating in the first Friday practice session.
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