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Marussia's rookies keep their heads above water

"To be honest, whatever the weather brings, this is an exciting moment for me - one I have been looking forward to for a long time," he added.

In Chilton's case, the young English driver admitted that he'd hoped to fare a little better than he had ended up.

"With the conditions starting to clear a little in the dying minutes of the Q1 session I knew everything hinged on that final lap," he said. "We were improving in each sector so I knew we would be okay, it's just a little disappointing that my last lap was affected by the yellow flag."

Neither driver will take part in Q2 and Q2, due to be completed on Sunday morning at 11am local time (midnight GMT) and so they can enjoy a fairly standard build-up to the starting grid, while 16 drivers ahead of them have to gird themselves for more qualifying runs in the meantime.

"Now my thoughts turn to tomorrow and I can't wait, rain or shine," said Chilton.



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