British Grand Prix: Marussia preview Silverstone

Jules Bianchi leads Max Chilton

Jules Bianchi leads Max Chilton

Round 9 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship sees the Marussia F1 Team making the very short journey to Silverstone, just 18 miles away from its operational base in Banbury, for the 2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix.

The Team is fortunate to have two home races on the calendar, but this one affords a rare opportunity for the wider Team members to share in the occasion and see the MR03 and drivers performing right in front of them.

John Booth, Team Principal: “The British Grand Prix is always a fantastic event but this year it will have an extra special significance as Silverstone marks 50 years of Formula 1 races. I am quite sure that we will see a spectacular event this weekend, with plenty to remind us of the Circuit’s rich history. Silverstone is of course in our own backyard and it provides a rare opportunity for all our staff members to get a little bit closer to the action and to see the product of their hard work performing right in front of them. I am sure our drivers will be keen to deliver a strong performance to reward all the efforts behind the scenes. I know we can also count on a very warm reception from the British fans, who have always been so supportive of our Team and drivers. Throw in a little great British weather and I think we can look forward to a very interesting and exciting weekend for the Team.”

Mattia Binotto, Scuderia Ferrari Engine & Electronics Deputy Director: “The British Grand Prix is one of the historical events on the calendar and this year it has a special significance since it is the home race of our partner Marussia F1 Team. There will be one more incentive to try to do well, even on our part. From a strictly technical point of view, the Silverstone circuit has no special features with regard to the use of the power unit. It will be important to try to take advantage of the free practice sessions to fine-tune every detail of each management component. Given that the weather conditions have traditionally been highly variable, the reliability will be a crucial factor as always, both at the macro level and micro. Together with our partners, in Austria we got back on the positive path we were on prior to Canada and this weekend we want to continue on the same direction of growth.”

Max Chilton: “This weekend is naturally one of the big highlights of the season, both for me and the whole Team. It’s a fantastic occasion, made all the more special this year by the 50th anniversary celebrations, which I’m sure will be amazing. It’s always a special feeling to race in front of the wider Team and of course the British fans, who are so passionate and create that incredible sea of Union Jacks in the grandstands. I can’t wait for the weekend. Silverstone is a great track and I hope we can achieve a really good result there.”

Jules Bianchi: “I think this will be a very exciting weekend for the Team as we will be racing not only in front of the British fans but also many of the staff from the factory, as well as their friends and families. Of course, this brings a certain pressure, but the car performs well at a high speed circuit like this so I’m sure we can have a good race and achieve a nice reward for the Team. I like Silverstone very much. It’s a fast track, so fun to drive, and also there is a lot of history to the circuit. Perhaps the British weather will play a part, which will help to make things even more interesting.”