Marussia relieved no one hurt after Bianchi's car rolls across track during German GP

Frenchman had retired from race after an engine failure

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 08/07/13 10:25am

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Graeme Lowdon admits he was relieved no one was hurt when Jules Bianchi's car rolled across the track during the German GP, but says there was nothing more the Frenchman could have done.

The Marussia driver's Cosworth engine exploded into a ball of flames on the run to the turn 13 chicane and he quickly pulled off the track and jumped out of the car.

However, having treated the fire, the MR02 began to roll as the marshals attempted to crane it away, crossing the track as leaders Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean approached that same section of the circuit, causing the safety car to be scrambled.

Lowdon though says there is nothing Bianchi could have done to prevent the car from moving as it would not go into gear.

"You could see it was a catastrophic failure of the engine, and instantaneous because we didn't see anything until it went," the Marussia Sporting Director said.

"It was a bit frustrating because we had just managed to get ahead of both Caterhams and the race was looking quite good for us.

"Jules pulled off the track straight away, the car was in neutral when he stopped, and he then put the steering wheel back on, as he is required to do.

"There was a marshal in attendance when he left the car, which was stationary. There was nothing more Jules could have done. There was clearly no engine, he couldn't put it in gear, he couldn't do anything with it at all.

"What happened is part of the nature of this circuit - it's hilly - although obviously not something you want to see, but one of those things.

"Thankfully nobody had to avoid the car. There was obvious relief nothing happened, but it was pretty slow moving at the time and the yellow flags were also out."

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