The Marussia-Ferrari duo of Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton arrive at the Silverstone circuit this weekend for the British Grand Prix confident of a competitive race. They will be hoping to regain the momentum that saw them beginning to challenge the likes of Sauber that they have lost in the past couple of rounds on a circuit they feel could be good for them.
Bianchi is looking forward to his second British Grand Prix for Marussia, and enjoys driving the fast Silverstone track. He hopes to have a good race in front of the staff from the factory who will be in attendance.
“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,” said Bianchi. “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.”
Team-mate Chilton will be racing his home Grand Prix and feels it is one of his season highlights. He appreciates the support of the British fans, and loves to see all the Union Jacks around the circuit.
“This weekend is naturally one of the big highlights of the season, both for me and the whole Team,” said Chilton. “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.”
Marussia Team Principal John Booth is looking forward to the teams home Grand Prix, especially with the Silverstone circuit celebrating its 50th Grand Prix in 2014.
“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,” said Booth. “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.”