Chilton tributes his win to Bianchi

Newton (United States), July 19 (IANS) Racing driver Max Chilton dedicated his victory in the Indy Lights race here to his friend and former Formula 1 team Marussia teammate Jules Bianchi.

Chilton raced with Bianchi at Marussia in 2013 and 2014. The 25-year-old Bianchi died on Saturday due to head injuries suffered in a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. The Nice-born had been in coma since crashing his car into a recovery vehicle at October’s rain-hit race in Suzuka.

“I probably thought of Bianchi every five or 10 laps. He was a driver destined to probably be a world champion. It’s been a difficult nine months, to be brutally honest with you. I’ve learned a lot from him and he was part of that win,” the 24-year-old Chilton was quoted as saying by BBC.

“No words can describe what his family and the sport have lost. All I can say is it was a pleasure knowing and racing you,” the Briton had tweeted with a picture of their childhood on Saturday.

This was Chilton’s ninth race in Indy Lights with his previous best finish being third.

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