Chilton thrilled despite narrowly missing Q2 berth

Chilton thrilled despite narrowly missing Q2 berth

15 March 2014 – British racer Max Chilton says he is pleased with his performance during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix after narrowly missing out on progression through to the second knockout segment.

Chilton, entering his second year with Marussia, set the 17th fastest time before wet weather struck the circuit.

"I was really pleased with my lap on the opening run and felt that a few issues from FP3 had really come together," he said. "Bar one small mistake it was a clean lap. There was more to come of course but I’m reasonably happy given all the factors that we’ve experienced.

"It would have been nice to improve as we were close to Q2 but the weather intervened, so this is where we will start the race and that is what we have to focus on now. I think tomorrow is going to be a really exciting day for Formula 1 and the fans, and I can’t wait to see who will end up where."

Team-mate Jules Bianchi suffered a couple of technical issues which restricted him to 18th place.

"After all the hard work from everybody this weekend, it is disappointing that we experienced an issue in qualifying which meant that I could not get the most from the car," he said. "Unfortunately we have experienced a few electronics problems again today and we thought we were on top of these, but they appeared again just as I was starting my first quick lap and that was occupied by the need to change some settings to ensure the car stayed reliable and then I had a problem with the gearbox.

"Then the rain came, which was really bad timing and we couldn’t get out again to try to improve. Still, I think there will be a lot of opportunities in the race tomorrow and we have to be focused to make the best of them."

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