Marussia hindered by lack of KERS

By on Sunday, October 14, 2012

Photo Credit: Marussia F1 Team

Marussia admitted that their battle with Caterham in the Korean Grand Prix was hampered by the team not possessing KERS.

Timo Glock finished narrowly behind Heikki Kovalainen but lamented a lack of KERS.

"I was very excited at the start of the race as I could see that we could really challenge the Caterhams. I had a big chance in the middle stint and managed to close the gap like in Suzuka", he said. "Then we took the risk to go on to the Supersoft option tyre and I was just waiting for Heikki to make a mistake. Unfortunately there was no opportunity and on the long straight he had the KERS, so I couldn’t attack him".

"Also our last stint was quite long and the front right tyre really started to go away. I had a lot of front wheel locking and in the last eight laps I just decided to focus on bringing the car home; I took it very easy and gentle. Our strategy was a good one and it was great to be racing and really threatening the Caterhams again".

Glock is optimistic that the last four races will be better for his team.

"It was very motivating and my lap times were very consistent, so I’m really happy with the progress. Well done also to the pit crew, who did a solid job again. I hope there are tracks coming where the KERS effect may be slightly less and we can continue to keep fighting hard like this".

Charles Pic finished his first Korean Grand Prix in nineteenth place after starting at the back of the grid.

"The first part of the race was tough for me because of having to start at the back of the grid due to our engine change. I was stuck behind the HRT cars for a while and I lost quite a lot of time. Because of this, it wasn’t long before I was already too far out of touch with the Caterhams ahead and it was difficult to try to come back from this", said the French rookie.

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