Marussia thrilled to go tenth overall
23 September 2012 – Although Marina Bay may not have seemed like a significant race for those who usually race at the tail end of the F1 grid, in fact delivered a crucial result for Marussia. As Bruno Senna’s Williams retired on the last year, Timo Glock was promoted to 12th place which means that the Anglo-Russian team has leapfrogged Caterham in the standings.
As the sport’s three newest teams – Marussia, Caterham and HRT, which all debuted in 2010 – are yet to score points, their Constructors’ Championship positions are decided by their best personal race finishing positions.
“That was an extremely complicated race with many different variables, ranging from high tyre degradation to numerous Safety Car periods and, also in the mix, a scrape along the wall on Lap 7 that could have changed everything completely,” said Marussia Team Principal John Booth.
“In terms of the result, we’re extremely pleased with Timo’s 12th place, but Charles’ (Pic) performance in the race, prior to the addition of his penalty, also demonstrated that even with the two drivers on different strategies today, the team had the measure of the race for tenth place in the championship. That is an important race for the three newest teams.”
The aforementioned Pic had been handed a pre-race time penalty of 20 seconds for overtaking under red flags on Friday. For that infringement, he will also have to attend an FIA safety briefing with his Race Engineer.