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Midseason Report: Grading Marussia’s Jules Bianchi

One of five rookies on the F1 grid for the 2013 season, Frenchman Jules Bianchi joined the Marussia team after finishing as the runner-up in the Formula Renault 3.5 series and acting as Force India’s official reserve driver. Notably, he was third in the 2011 GP2 Series ahead of Charles Pic, Giedo van der Garde, Esteban Gutierrez and Max Chilton. And although Pic already had one full F1 season under his belt at Marussia before making the switch to Caterham and Gutierrez having a more competitive seat at Sauber, Bianchi looked the more polished newbie on paper. The season-opener in Australia appeared to bear that out, Bianchi outqualifying Chilton and the Caterhams and staying well ahead of his nearest rivals to the chequered flag. Afte...

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