Marussia drivers buoyed by best qualifying result
5 July 2014 – Marussia drivers Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton spoke of their delight after achieving the team's best ever qualifying result during Saturday afternoon's rain-affected session at Silverstone.
Amid intermittent rain showers, the pair took advantage of strategic errors at Ferrari and Williams to progress to the second qualifying phase, where they finished 12th and 13th.
And although both men feel they could have placed even higher, had it not been for Sauber driver Esteban Gutiérrez bringing out the yellow flags after crashing late in Q2, they are delighted with what was achieved.
"A fantastic day for the team and I'm so happy for everyone," Bianchi explained after qualifying.
"After our first points in Monaco, it's great that we have now achieved the team's best ever qualifying result. This result is down to a combination of great strategy, judging the changing conditions to perfection and then just making the most of the windows we had out on the track when the conditions were right for the tyres."
Chilton, who will drop five places due to a gearbox penalty, added: "The team has done an incredible job today, making some fantastic calls and putting us right where we needed to be at exactly the right time.
"I've got the five place penalty for this morning's gearbox change, which will drop me back, but a good qualifying session was what I needed because of that penalty, and that is what we've achieved, so I can't be disheartened."