Scrappy Singapore Qualifying for Marussia


The Marussia F1 Team saw its drivers Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton qualify nineteenth and twenty-first respectively for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. Bianchi was almost a second faster than his British team-mate, but only four tenths of a second behind the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado. Chilton was only seven hundredths of a second adrift of Kamui Kobayashi’s Caterham in twentieth.

Bianchi admitted mistakes were made on his opening qualifying lap in Singapore, but was more than happy with his second flying lap that saw him qualify nineteenth. He is hopeful of keeping on the track during the race to enable him the best opportunity to take advantage of any misfortune the drivers ahead of him may have.

”I’m pretty pleased with my second lap and I feel like I got as much as possible from the car,” said Bianchi. “I made a few mistakes on the first run but we did the maximum possible at the end.

“For tomorrow, I think we will have the right balance for the race. My first objective is to keep the three cars behind me, then see what is happening ahead and the opportunities that may be available to us.”

Team-mate Chilton qualified twenty-first but admitted his disappointment that his time was not better after feeling he had performed a good lap, but is hopeful of being able to get ahead of Kobayashi’s Caterham during the race.

“It’s slightly frustrating as I have struggled with car this weekend at a constantly evolving track but I managed to get it pretty good for that session,” said Chilton. “On the first run we had an issue with the mapping, which meant that I was in a compromised map and I couldn’t get full power, so I had to do another prepare lap.

“My second run was my first real timed run. I thought it was a good lap but the time wasn’t there so we need to look at that this evening. Looking ahead to tomorrow, I think we can get Kobayashi off the start and then it will all be down to strategy.”