The Marussia F1 Team is ready to tackle its home grand prix on Sunday, following this afternoon’s qualifying session at Silverstone.
It was a difficult Q1 for Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton, who finished in P20 and P22 respectively, having struggled with the balance of their cars in today’s drier and warmer conditions.
Jules Bianchi: “It’s good to have one Caterham behind us but less good to have one ahead. In the short space of time that we have had to work on our dry set-up, I don’t think we are quite there yet, so we’ll be spending the time we have now to see what we can do to give us the best chance for tomorrow.”
Max Chilton: “Today was a challenging day. We had some work to do this morning trying to get the balance right and it felt like we had made a good step forward, but so did everyone else. We still have quite a bit of work to do but our race pace yesterday looked more promising, so that’s what we’ll focus on now. We’ll do what we can to have a better race tomorrow.”
John Booth, Team Principal: “Following on from yesterday we had two differing car balances to contend with and Jules was slightly happier with his car than Max. We made some changes to Max’s car in order to equal up the set-ups, however this morning both cars appeared to be suffering with balance issues. During and after FP3, the engineers and crews worked hard to make significant changes to the cars to gradually improve the balance, however at the end of our qualifying session we still have two cars for which the balance is less than perfect. Overall we are slightly disappointed with the result and need to understand how we can improve our pace in qualifying. For tomorrow it looks like we will have a better race set-up and I am sure that with the top speed we have and the improvements we have made to our race pace, we can have a better day. It looks like the race will be dry and temperatures up from today and these conditions should suit us better.” (Marussia)
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