It was more good news in Italy this last week for the Marussia F1 Team. Further development upgrades meant another solid finish for Charles Pic and Timo Glock coming in at P16 & P17 respectively. The Monza Grand Prix turned out to be an exciting race for the neutrals too as the race for the World Championship was blown wide open as Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag.
The Marussia F1 Team drivers have contrasting views on how the day turned out. Timo suffered a broken wing right at the start which affected the performance of his car and had to pit early which changed his strategy. Charles also had to change his strategy but put in a solid performance to keep up with their nearest rivals and enjoyed a good day on track.
Charles Pic #25
“I am very happy with today’s race performance as it represents another significant step for the team. We came here expecting it to be a tough weekend for us; our car had not performed well in Montreal, which has similar aerodynamic characteristics. We worked well through the various set-up options to arrive at a car that was actually very strong and which today put us even closer to the cars ahead when we were perhaps expecting not to be so competitive to them here. This is a good sign. In the race it was not a bad start, but not great, so there is some work we can do in the last stage of the season to improve that and our prospects for the races. We have some more upgrades for Singapore so I hope they translate into more of this great progress we have been seeing.”
Timo Glock #24
“A bitter shame on my side really. The start itself was not great although I got through Turn 1 okay, but into Turn 2 there was a bit of a queue in front of me and Petrov moved to the outside, where I was. I couldn’t avoid him and he just clipped my front wing, which was damaged as a result. From there I couldn’t really do much as we had lost a bit of performance and the car was just ‘okay’ to drive. Worse than that, as I stopped so early I was out of sequence. I had to stay out longer and had more degradation at the end as the stints were quite long for me. Then blue flags cost us at the end. Overall I think we have to be quite pleased as we weren’t really running with the traditional Monza downforce specification. I’m now looking forward to Singapore – my favourite race.”