Chilton aiming to raise his game in Qualifying
Qualifying has so far proved to be Max Chilton’s downfall and usually sets him up for a difficult race to try to claw back lost ground. The Brit has revealed that he is aiming to raise his game on Saturday afternoon at the next round in Hungary.
Chilton is also excited to return to the location of his first GP2 victory last year and feels the track is none that suits his driving style. Talking in a team statement he said: “Hungary holds many special memories for me as the track where I achieved my first race win in GP2 last season, so I’m really excited to be heading back there. I love everything about Budapest – the track, the weather, the people and the city. It is always hot and sunny at the Hungaroring and it’s just a circuit I really enjoy which seems to suit me.”
Speaking about his aims for the weekend he added: “As ever, the objective is to have the best build-up possible then raise our game a little in qualifying before hopefully enjoying a good race to finish ahead of our immediate competitors. It would be nice to send the Team off for the summer break with a positive result in hand.”
Jules Bianchi’s run in the Marussia MR02 at Silverstone’s Young Driver Test reiterated just how much he had “missed” driving since Germany. He admitted that “Everyone deserves a good long rest as a reward for the all the hard work,” before adding: “The Hungaroring is a circuit I enjoy, having raced there several times before in GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5. It is usually extremely hot and because the track is quite demanding to drive, it is not such an easy weekend. There is no let-up across the whole lap so it requires a lot of focus, but that is why it is quite an interesting race because it demands everything you have as a driver. Let’s hope for a positive weekend for the Team with a strong two-car finish.”
Marussia currently sit 10th in the constructors standings but have failed to score a single point this season and at all since their F1 debut in 2010. A best finish of 13th at the Malaysian Grand Prix has secured them the 10th spot ahead of rivals Caterham.
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