Manor’s Will Stevens has paid tribute to Jules Bianchi’s epic 2014 Monaco drive ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix, which marks the anniversary of the Frenchman’s charge into the points.
Bianchi’s ninth place finish at Monte Carlo last year effectively saved the team – then called Marussia – as its rescue package from administration was centred on its upcoming prize money from that result.
Bianchi remains in a coma at his home in nearby Nice, following his tragic accident in last year’s Japanese GP.
“He’s only just up the road, and if it wasn’t for the job Jules did here last year then the position of the team would be different now,” said Stevens. “What he did last year for the team was huge, and we can only thank him for that.
“We need to carry on from the work he did last year and continue working to push the team forward.
“Just financially, with the money we get from that [points finish] that’s a huge help to anyone. For us, starting out now with a new chapter this year, to have that stability – having that is always going to make a big difference to ourselves.”