Charles Pic showed his best so far in Hungaroring

By on Monday, July 30, 2012

Photo credit: Marussia F1 Team

Marussia driver didn’t score any point at the Hungarian Grand Prix yesterday but he definitely did a great job on track which haven’t gone unnoticed. Finishing on 20th position might not say much about his performance but if we only look at the overall picture the French rookie was at his best race so far.

Despite having a poor start Pic managed to recover quick and soon to close the gap to Caterham, enjoying a close battle with Vitaly Petrov for the whole race almost: “I am very happy to end the first half of my first season in this way and to be achieving the targets I set for myself. The race didn’t begin so well, as I had a poor start again, so we must look at that and solve it for Spa and beyond as it is another factor that can help us progress in the race. After that, the race pace was very good and I am happy that our performance relative to the Caterhams is now much clearer to see, particularly as I had a nice and close battle with Petrov.”

Pic also outqualified and outraced his team-mate who finished the Hungarian GP on 21st. Timo Glock had a bad race from the beginning, spun on lap 3 and then got stuck behind the two HRT’s for more than half of the race. “Another race to forget for me, a bit like Hockenheim. I had no pace and no balance in the car from the beginning on. Despite this I was still quicker in the first two laps but then experienced the rear end instability again. I lost the car suddenly under braking and couldn’t catch it. I spun and then I was behind the HRTs and struggled massively again with the balance. I don’t know what the problem is at the moment, but I think it is a good time for the break”, Glock said.

Marussia’s team principal John Booth is happy with yesterday’s result and confident both drivers will be able to gain even more from the current package and the new developments they will bring for Monza: “First of all I would like to congratulate the whole team on the clear strides we have made so far this season which, based on today’s performance, are clearly evident. Whilst we have occupied similar race placings for much of the season, we have slowly but surely been eating into the gap to Caterham, pulled further away from HRT behind and, bigger picture, reduced the margin to the front running teams. With another very impressive drive today, Charles has shown just how far we have come, as he was in touch with - and occasionally quicker - than Petrov for a large part of the race. By contrast, Timo had another tough time and has not yet been able to benefit from the clear progress we are making with the package.”

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