Jules Bianchi was delighted to finally end his GP2 win-less streak with a hard-earned victory in the Asia series opener in Abu Dhabi.
Bianchi took the lead at the start, and although he was chased hard by Romain Grosjean, he held firm to step onto the top step of the podium for the first time since the penultimate race of the 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series.
"It's a really good feeling, I haven't won a race since Formula 3 in 2009, so I'm very happy," Bianchi said. "We've improved the car a lot from the test. Romain was very quick in the beginning, but after the pit stop I could see he was still behind so I just managed my tires so I could be quick in the end. A big thanks to the team as the car was really good and I've finally won a race in GP2!"
Grosjean's hopes of taking advantage of pitting before Bianchi were ended by a clutch problem as he tried to pull away.
"I asked to pit earlier than scheduled to try to take advantage, but I had an issue with the clutch, twice the anti-stall came in," he explained. "But this is the story of the race, and we are working hard with the team to improve the car and to fight at the front, so this is a good start."