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Although Marussia were last of the remaining runners in Australia on Sunday, Timo Glock has praised his team for its continued efforts across the weekend. With the exception of a Silverstone filming day, its new car had not tested over the winter after failing an FIA crash test and thus causing a significant development delay.
Marussia ended the Melbourne race in 14th and 15th places, with the experienced Glock celebrating his 30th birthday ahead of rookie team-mate Charles Pic.
“A great race for the team and a huge reward for all the hard work and pressure over the last few months,” the German commented. “It’s important to remember that we came here with no real running with the new car. Add the potential for reliability problems – because they always happen with every team in pre-season testing – and it has been quite a special weekend to get the car home in the first race with no issues.
“I chose a good line into Turn 1 and was able to avoid the problems we saw there, moving up to 13th position. I had a bit of a fight with Caterham for a while but I knew I needed to concentrate on my own race. The car was very consistent and in the end, to finish 14th, I have to be happy with that and so do the team, as it is an important start for position in the Constructors’ Championship. The car gave me a birthday present, for sure!”
Fresh from GP2, Frenchman Pic was also pleased with his personal performance.
“I am quite happy with my first race and very pleased for the team to have such a good debut for the car,” he declared. “Everything was quite positive during the race; I had a few problems in the beginning and then I had to pull in a few laps from the end due to an oil pressure problem - the team wanted to be cautious with the car. It’s a shame I wasn’t able to take the chequered flag but I am happy to end the race in 15th.”
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