Marussia insists it will push hard to retain tenth sport in the F1 standings as it heads to Suzuka this weekend for the Japanese Grand Prix
Twelfth place for Timo Glock under the lights of Singapore was good enough to move the team ahead of Caterham in the standings, meaning it is now in-line for a financial windfall if it can retain the place through to the end of the season.
With new parts set to be introduced in Japan, the team will seek to keep its advantage in the standings, with Glock hopeful of a strong weekend.
“For this race we again have a couple of new developments on the car suited to this track, and I am hoping we will see another step forward and an even better chance of fighting with our immediate competitors and further closing the gap to the front of the field,” he said. “Another tough and demanding race for the team, being a back to back with Korea. Although Singapore was a tough challenge logistically and operationally, the result there gave everyone a boost, which was very nice to see and share in after all the hard work that has gone on this year in particular. I hope we can be strong again at Suzuka and do everything we can to defend our tenth position in the Championship.”
Team principal John Booth said he felt the former Virgin Racing squad was in better shape than ever before going into the Japanese race although he admitted it couldn't afford to relax.
“We are in a much stronger position in development terms at this stage of the year than ever before and that is really exciting for us as an ambitious team looking to make significant strides for next season and beyond,” he said. “It was fantastic for us to earn back 10th place in the Constructors' Championship, but we have to keep pushing all the way to Brazil now. Fortunately we have two highly competitive challengers in Timo and Charles - and continual developments coming through from the technical team - to be able to do just that.
“We enjoy the Suzuka experience immensely, although the weather conditions as we all embark on the trip seem quite interesting! It's still a little early to see how that will affect us over the race weekend, but we'll approach it as a potential opportunity. We also look forward to having Max Chilton alongside us in his new capacity as reserve driver, up to the Brazilian Grand Prix. He is extremely motivated to be working alongside the team so closely and to see what he can learn during this period.”