Minor problems hampering Marussia progress
18 April 2014 – Marussia drivers Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton admitted it was difficult to get into a rhythm during practice for the Chinese Grand Prix after a few problems blighted their progress.
Bianchi missed much of the first practice session due to a fuel system problem while a DRS issue hampered Chilton, who also suffered a high speed spin at the first corner during the closing stages of running.
Bianchi finished the session in 19th place, 1.1s ahead of Chilton in 20th.
"I completed seven laps in the first session, which were still quite important and I was pleased with the balance of the car at this stage," said Bianchi.
"The afternoon session was better for me and I'm pleased that I ended up ahead of my nearest competitors. We still need to work on the performance of the car here but with all the information we have I'm sure we can make good progress overnight."
"The conditions we are experiencing here are very different to Bahrain, so while we completed a lot of the preparation work for this race in Bahrain, we have needed to make adjustments to suit the specific nature of this track," added team-mate Chilton.
"We've made some good progress but our efforts have been hampered a little by some problems with the DRS, and this has prevented us from getting a good rhythm. Generally though, I'm quite happy with the way the race runs went and I'm feeling positive for the weekend ahead."