Jules Bianchi has expressed hopes of a closer fight between himself and the Caterham duo of Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde, amid the rival outfits ongoing battle at the back of the pack for the coveted 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship. Marussia were once again out-qualified by both of the Caterham drivers for the Korean Grand Prix.
As the current season draws to a conclusion, the battle towards the rear of the order between Marussia and Caterham is still raging on. The Banbury-based outfit currently sit ahead of their Leafield-based rivals due to Jules Bianchi’s 13th place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix at the start of the season. Because neither of the teams have scored a World Championship point so far this season, their positions in the Constructors’ Championship are determined by their most competitive finish.
Despite their early advantage at the start of the season, it has become clear that Marussia have been out-performed by the Caterham duo of Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde. However, because their highest finish this season so far has only been 14th on several occasions, they remain behind the Anglo-Russian outfit. Naturally both Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton are eager to retain their position in the Constructors’ Championship, with the Frenchman in particular expressing a great urge to battle with the Caterham’s during Sunday’s 55-lap Korean Grand Prix. Although the chances of rain have decreased dramatically, a minor threat still lingers which could provide Caterham with a perfect opportunity to rise ahead of their rivals.
“We seem to be doing a better job of sticking with the Caterhams now and although the gap was closer in this morning’s Free Practice session, I hope we can have a better fight with them tomorrow, despite the setback of the grid penalty.” Enthused Jules Bianchi, who has recently been confirmed with the outfit for 2014. “We’ve done a good job of improving the car balance and we didn’t get enough of an opportunity to really show that in qualifying, but I do feel more confident for the race now.”
Marussia has never managed to finish ahead of Caterham in the Constructors’ Championship in their history in the sport, even when both teams’ were known as Virgin Racing and Team Lotus. Naturally Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde are eager to thwart their rivals, in what will unquestionably continue to be an intriguing battle towards the back of the pack for the remainder of the season.
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