Jules Bianchi: Max Chilton dedicates win in Indy Lights

Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton
Former Marussia team-mates Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton in close quarters at the 2013 Belgian GP

Ex-Marussia driver Max Chilton dedicated his victory in the Indy Lights race on Saturday to his friend and former team-mate Jules Bianchi.

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The Frenchman, 25, died on Friday as a result of head injuries suffered in a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

Chilton, who raced with Bianchi at Marussia in 2013 and 2014, dominated the race at Iowa Speedway to earn his first win in any series since 2012.

"I probably thought of Bianchi every five or 10 laps," said Chilton, 24.

"He was a driver destined to probably be a world champion," he added.

The Briton said he had learned of Bianchi's death on Friday night US time before going on to take a victory which saw him lead for 87 of the 100 laps at the 0.894-mile oval.

Max Chilton
Max Chilton posted this tweet in tribute to Jules Bianchi following his maiden Indy Lights win

Chilton's win came as a surprise as he was sitting 10th out of 15 drivers in Indy Lights going into the weekend.

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

Bianchi had been in a coma since crashing his Marussia into a recovery vehicle at October's rain-hit race in Suzuka.

"It's been a difficult nine months, to be brutally honest with you,'' Chilton said. "I've learned a lot from him and he was part of that win.'

As well as racing as Marussia team-mates for two years, the pair also competed in karting from the age of 10 before rising through the racing ranks together.

The Briton tweeted yesterday: "No words can describe what his family & the sport have lost. All I can say is it was a pleasure knowing and racing you."

Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton
Max Chilton shared this image of himself and Jules Bianchi on Twitter yesterday
Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton
Chilton (right) also shared this image from his days in karting with Bianchi (left)

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