After the embarrassing double DNF it suffered in Canada, the Marussia F1 team bounced back with a typically feisty performance in Austria, setting itself up for one of its two 'home' races, at Silverstone, this weekend.
Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton sandwiched Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi on the race result in Styria and, while no points were awarded for their 15th and 17th positions, maintained Marussia's ninth place in the constructors' standings as the team looks forward to rewarding its hard-working backroom staff with an outing to watch the cars in action at the British Grand Prix.
Silverstone is just 18 miles from Marussia's Banbury base, and the minnow will be looking for another giant-killing performance as Bianchi and Chilton take to the track on Friday.
“The car performs well at a high-speed circuit like this, so I'm sure we can have a good race and achieve a nice reward for the team,” the Frenchman reasoned, “I like Silverstone very much. It's a fast track, so fun to drive, and also there is a lot of history to the circuit. Perhaps the British weather will play a part, which will help to make things even more interesting…..”
Chilton is expecting the passionate British crowd to flood the circuit with 'that incredible sea of Union Jacks', and engine partner Ferrari is confident that Marussia can continue its upward progress highlighted by finishing ninth on the road and scoring its first points in Monaco.
“The British Grand Prix is one of the historical events on the calendar and this year it has a special significance since it is the home race of our [newest] partner team,” deputy director Mattia Binotto acknowledged, “so there will be one more incentive to try to do well, even on our part.
“From a strictly technical point of view, the Silverstone circuit has no special features with regard to the use of the power unit, but it will be important to try to take advantage of the free practice sessions to fine-tune every detail of each management component. Given that the weather conditions have traditionally been highly variable, the reliability will be a crucial factor as always, both at the macro and micro level. In Austria, we got back on the positive path we were on prior to Canada and, this weekend, we want to continue on the same direction of growth.”