Chilton elated with 'incredible' qualifying

By on Saturday, October 12, 2013
Marussia F1 Team

Marussia F1 Team

Max Chilton expressed his satisfaction after qualifying in 19th place for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Chilton edged out both Caterham drivers for the first time since the Chinese Grand Prix and also beat team-mate Jules Bianchi.

"I’m so happy to have put us ahead of both Caterhams in qualifying for the first time since China," he said.

"One would have been a result, but to beat both [Charles] Pic and [Giedo] van der Garde is really incredible and shows just how much fight there is in all of us at this crucial stage in the season."

"It has not been the most straightforward weekend for us on track and leaving the garage after the red flag, with just under three minutes of the Q1 session, remaining seemed like a tough ask. The track conditions had also shifted in that time and the wind made things more difficult in sector one for sure. I gave it all I had and my lap was as good as I could have asked of myself."

Bianchi will start from 21st place and says he faced an uphill challenge following his accident in the opening practice session.

"It’s a really good achievement for the Team to have got the car back to a stage where we are capable of outclassing the Caterhams on merit, so this is positive news for the remaining races," said the French racer.

"As for here, it has been a bit of a struggle since FP1 and with only 33 laps over the weekend so far - most of them from this morning - we haven’t had the opportunity to get back to where we started out so well on Friday morning, plus we have had to focus mainly on the race."

"Qualifying did not work out so well for me. We had planned to do just one option run but because of the red flag my quick lap was on scrubbed rather than new options. The race will be hard as well because there is a big job to do from the back row. On a positive, the Team have done a fantastic job with building up the car and enabling me to get so close to van der Garde in such a small space of time and this is an achievement in itself. I hope to build on that tomorrow and have a better race."

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