Jules Bianchi is 'the real deal'

Jules Bianchi is 'the real deal'

Jules Bianchi's race engineer, Paul Davison, is delighted the Frenchman has signed on the dotted line for 2014. He tells EDD STRAW why

Q. At the start of the season, Jules was thrown in at the deep end with only two days of testing in the car, albeit with a bit of prior experience with Ferrari and Force India to fall back on. How have you seen his learning curve throughout the year?

Davison: He stepped into the team straight away and within two days in the car he was well up to speed and already being impressive. His feedback straight away was very, very good and you could tell that he had some experience already. He got to grips with the car very quickly and has just moved on from there. He loves to look at the data and to talk about the car - and he's bringing that on as well, which is helping his driving. He is very impressive.

Q. The driver isn't there to engineer the car but he does need to be able to communicate what the car is doing. How is he doing on that score?

Davison: He has got a very good baseline understanding and a very good balance. He doesn't try to engineer the car, he tells us what's wrong and lets us deal with it but he understands what changes we are making and why we are doing them.

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