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Max Chilton dedicates first Indy Lights win to Jules Bianchi

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Max Chilton has dedicated his first pole position and win in the Indy Lights series to his former F1 team-mate Jules Bianchi.

Bianchi passed away on Friday night after spending nine months in hospital suffering from injuries he sustained at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. Chilton, who was Bianchi's team-mate at Marussia at the time of the accident, dedicated his win in Iowa on Saturday to the Frenchman.

"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. I probably thought of him every five or 10 laps, because he was a driver destined to probably be a world champion.

"I'm dedicating this to Jules. He'd have driven the perfect race, as always."

After taking pole position, Chilton had also dedicated his success to his former team-mate.

"It wasn't easy and I'm sure if Jules was out there he would have been on pole. I tried my best, but Jules was one of those drivers who was destined for big things.

"I was his team-mate for two years, and I had to have an absolutely perfect day to beat him - more often than not, he'd beat me. I learned a lot from him, and even though he never raced on ovals I'm sure that I took a lot of what I learned from him out there today.

"I dedicate this one to him."