Max Chilton has explained how his first day of track action around the Buddh International Circuit was hampered by ongoing issues with the balance of his Marussia MR-02, as the Anglo-Russian outfit tested a new part on their car during the two practice sessions. The team will evaluate whether to race this new part in due course.
Both Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi have never raced around New Delhi’s Buddh International Circuit, making the team’s two Friday practice sessions extremely important for the duo. Whereas Jules Bianchi enjoyed a relatively productive two sessions in preparation for the 60-lap race on Sunday, Max Chilton endured a frustrating day marred by issues with the balance of his car. Throughout the day the team tested a new suspension upgrade to their cars, and will asses the data attained from the sessions as to whether the new part will be carried over to qualifying and the race.
“Today was a pretty long day of track learning given that this is my first experience of the Buddh International Circuit.” Explained Max Chilton, “I have struggled with the car balance all day, so that didn’t make the acclimatisation process very easy. It is also a demanding circuit so there is no margin for error and I had a few ‘moments’. We are trying a new part on the car, which we are weighing up whether we should run or not. Hopefully when we’ve had a look at the data from both cars and looked at all the options we can improve tomorrow.”
With only four races remaining in the season, Marussia still remain ahead of arch-rivals Caterham in what is becoming an increasingly popular battle towards the rear of the pack. Although Caterham would require an incredibly topsy-turvy race to rise ahead of Marussia in the Constructors’ Championship, the Banbury-based outfit are keen to continue racing their rivals until the end of the season next month in Brazil. With Jules Bianchi officially confirmed at Marussia next season when the outfit will switch from Cosworth to Ferrari power, Max Chilton is still trying to prove himself worthy of a seat on the Formula 1 grid and a strong string of results in the next four races in comparison to his team-mate will be essential.
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