Marussia’s Max Chilton has admitted that he is disappointed with his qualifying effort after setting the 22nd and slowest time of Q1. The Brit finished four tenths down on the Caterham drivers time and was hoping for more.
Speaking in a team statement after qualifying, Chilton said: “I was obviously hoping for more today as Van Der Garde has been within reach all weekend. I seemed to struggle a little more in qualifying and for some reason we did not get the best from the car, which is encouraging to some extent because it means we can depend on our stronger race pace.”
He is expecting a close fight with the Caterham’s during the race: “We’ll have a good look at the data this evening and do everything we can to ensure a good fight with the Caterhams tomorrow.”
Team-mate Jules Bianchi pulled out of FP2 after feeling unwell. He had a nights sleep and felt better in the morning but admitted that it took a bit of time to build up the speed: “This morning I was feeling much better than yesterday, but not quite 100%, so I think another night’s rest will help again. It was good to get back in the car this morning and start the process of getting up to speed, which I think has gone quite well. It took some time to balance the car to our liking but we’re in a good place for tomorrow and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in terms of race pace.”
His aim is to displace the leading Caterham as soon as possible, adding: “The key will be to get ahead of Charles as soon as possible – and keep it that way.”
Team Principal John Booth said on the result: “Overall a pleasing day and we look forward to the race, which does look like it could throw up some interesting strategy and that will be our focus overnight.”
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