Differing fortunes for Marussia

By on Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Marussia team has declared themselves satisfied with their performance during the Italian Grand Prix, although they didn't quite achieve their target of eclipsing one of the Caterham drivers.

Charles Pic led Timo Glock home, although both drivers had their strategy compromised.

"We came here expecting it to be a tough weekend for us; our car had not performed well in Montreal, which has similar aerodynamic characteristics. We worked well through the various set-up options to arrive at a car that was actually very strong and which today put us even closer to the cars ahead when we were perhaps expecting not to be so competitive to them here. This is a good sign", said Pic.

Glock was less thrilled than his rookie team-mate as a sequence of events cost him crucial time.

"A bitter shame on my side really. The start itself was not great although I got through Turn 1 okay, but into Turn 2 there was a bit of a queue in front of me and Petrov moved to the outside, where I was", he said.

"I couldn’t avoid him and he just clipped my front wing, which was damaged as a result. From there I couldn’t really do much as we had lost a bit of performance and the car was just ‘okay’ to drive. Worse than that, as I stopped so early I was out of sequence. I had to stay out longer and had more degradation at the end as the stints were quite long for me. Then blue flags cost us at the end."

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