Marussia drivers target reliability

Marussia drivers target reliability

7 March 2014 – Marussia drivers Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton have emphasised that the team must focus on achieving strong reliability ahead of next weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Bianchi and Chilton have both been retained by Marussia and enter their second season in the sport hopeful that the team can move up the grid.

"It has been a very interesting winter preparing for this and I can't wait to see where we stand versus the competition," said Bianchi.

"The car feels good to drive and, especially in Bahrain last week, we saw a little more of its true potential. There is a lot of work still to do to start getting the most from it, but I feel quite optimistic about our chances to improve this year.

"It has not been easy for a small team like ours as we do not have the same resources as the bigger teams, but I think we can be proud of the job that we have done in comparison and now I am looking forward to delivering some reward for that hard work.

"Our first objective for Melbourne is to enjoy a reliable race but I hope we can create some opportunity for ourselves along the way."

Chilton has yet to retire from a Formula 1 race having made it to the finish of all 19 events in 2013 but acknowledges that matching his feat will be tricky.

"I didn't think much could come close to the feeling I had making my Grand Prix debut last season, but I'm every bit as excited one year on as we head to Australia for the first round of the championship," said Chilton.

"There have been some very positive signs in testing, which lead us to believe that we can have a good season. Until we get though the first race it's difficult to expand on that, but the performance is there and we haven't even scratched the surface yet.

"It would be great if we could match last year's fantastic reliability record, but that is likely to be a much bigger task this season."

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