The Marussia F1 Team will be hoping for a repeat of the luck that led to its first points’ finish at the Monaco Grand Prix when it contests the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend.
The team claimed its first top-ten finish courtesy of a combative drive from Jules Bianchi on the streets of Monaco; the Frenchman crossed the line in eighth place, and was demoted to ninth after a five-second time penalty was imposed for an earlier pit stop infraction. The result vaulted the backmarker outfit into ninth place in the Constructors’ Championship standings, a position they have held from Sauber and fellow cellar-dwellers Caterham ever since.
With that achievement in mind, the team is aiming for an another upset result on Sunday night.
“The Marina Bay Street Circuit closely resembles Monaco, and within our team we cannot think of Monaco without remembering it as the biggest milestone in our young history – our first points,” team principal John Booth said in the team’s preview of this weekend’s race.
“One cannot take anything for granted though; just like Monaco this is a very unforgiving and demanding track that punishes even a small mistake. Nonetheless, we know our drivers enjoy the tough conditions this race presents and will make the most of the fact that this track is one that is ideally suited to our package.”
His sentiments were echoed by the team’s sporting director, Graeme Lowdon, who – while being hopeful of another repeat result for his outfit – was wary that a similar surprise result could come the way of their chasing rivals.
“In the past it’s proved to be one of the wildcard races; an area where you can have wildcard results,” he told the Crash.net website.
“Although we thoroughly enjoy Singapore it would be nice to move on to the next race with our championship position still in place. All the teams push, nothing is yours by rights in this game so we’ve just got to keep pushing as well and hopefully we can do what’s needed for the rest of the season. Hopefully Singapore will be kind to us.”
The team’s other driver, Max Chilton, holds fond memories of the circuit, having claimed victory on the Marina Bay streets during his GP2 Series days.
“I have great memories of winning there in 2012, so it’s always nice to come back and race,” he added. “The track is not dissimilar to Monaco and we know our car is well-suited to those characteristics.”
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