Tenth place the Promised Land for Marussia

By on Friday, November 9, 2012

Just two races remain for Marussia to hang on to tenth place in the Constructors Championship.

Timo Glock's twelfth place finish in Singapore elevated his team above Caterham in the elusive battle for tenth place.

"Going to Austin is a really big thing for the sport and everyone involved. The first race back in the US will be quite something for us. It’s a new track for all of the teams, and already it looks awesome on the simulations we have experienced and the images we’ve seen", said the German racer.

"I’m really looking forward to it a lot and I hope the organisers and fans have a great first race bringing F1 back again; I know we will enjoy being back in the US. I can’t wait to arrive early next week and have my first real view and walk of the track. Should be an amazing weekend".

Rookie Charles Pic is eager to get racing in Austin.

"The US GP is high on the list of races I have been most looking forward to in my debut season. From what I have seen, the track is spectacular and the layout seems very interesting from a technical point of view", he said.

"We spent some time in the US – in New York actually – in the summer after Canada, helping to promote the new race. The reaction amongst the fans and media was overwhelming and although I didn’t get to race in the States before, they certainly look happy to have F1 back. It will be great to be a part of that".

"As for our objectives, there is a lot to think about as this is a new race, but we need to keep pushing hard to maintain our current momentum versus Caterham - in qualifying and the race - and ensure we leave town with 10th in the Constructors’ still firmly in our grasp. Should be a great weekend".

Team principal John Booth revealed that the chaotic nature of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix had Marussia on tenterhooks, with Caterham's Heikki Kovalainen finishing tantalisingly close to the twelfth place that could decide which team finishes ahead.

"Last weekend’s race in Abu Dhabi had us on the edge of our pitwall seats at various points, as it reminded us that to hold on to 10th in the Constructors’ Championship, we cannot control what happens further up the field, ahead of our own private duel with Caterham. We have to continue closing that gap and find the momentum to get ahead of them on track. We’ve come very close in recent races, despite their KERS-advantage, and we’ll remain in dogged pursuit of this objective right up until the chequered flag in Brazil".

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