Max Chilton has been left lamenting after retiring from the Canadian Grand Prix on the opening lap of the race, the first of his career, following a heavy collision with team-mate Jules Bianchi at turns three and four.
The resulting incident destroyed the rear of Bianchi’s car, and brought the Marussia outfit crashing back down to earth after their impressive maiden points finish at Monaco.
The Canadian Grand Prix weekend was one of utter frustration for Bianchi, after mechanical gremlins plagued his preparations for the weekend during practice which ultimately led to the Frenchman being out-qualified by team-mate Chilton.
Despite the numerous issues for Marussia, the gap between the Anglo-Russian outfit and the remainder of the midfield remained exceedingly close, fuelling hopes of a potentially competitive race despite the initial belief that the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve would not favour the Banbury-based squad.
However, the team’s hopes of another strong race were dashed after only three corners when Chilton got out of shape at turn three and collected Bianchi. This sent the Frenchman into the retaining barrier, utterly destroying the rear of his car and bringing out the safety car.
A little further down the road Chilton stopped with damage to the front of his car after the clash, bringing a premature end to the team’s race weekend.
Despite Chilton’s understandable frustration at finally retiring from a Formula One race for the first time in 26 races, the Briton remains upbeat with Marussia still improving race by race.
“A disappointing end to a really promising weekend,” explained a downbeat Chilton. “The incident between myself and Jules [Bianchi] obviously ended not only our own races but also the team’s, so it’s sad for all the guys after making such progress again.
“I had a good start, pulled away from the cars behind into turn one, queued into turn two, then we had a coming together into turn three. The resulting accident was very unfortunate for us both and after a race to remember in Monaco, perhaps a race to forget here in Canada, but the one thing we’ll keep hold of is how well the car is developing.”
Despite the extremely high rate of attrition once again, Marussia’s arch-rivals Caterham suffered a double-DNF as well, with Sauber also failing to score their first points of the season.
This means Marussia head to the Austrian Grand Prix still sat ninth in the Constructors’ Championship with two points, amazingly only six behind former race winners Lotus.
When the sport reconvenes around the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg for the return of the Austrian Grand Prix, Marussia will be looking to continue closing the gap to the likes of Sauber and Lotus, whilst also maintaining the gap they have established back to Caterham.
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