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Mixed bag for Marussia in Bahrain

Chilton back 10th in the constructors’ championship while Bianchi suffered more bad luck.
Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 6, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Max Chilton finished 13th, taking 10th in the constructors’ championship back but teammate Jules Bianchi suffered yet more bad luck.

Chilton had a good race and crossed the line ahead of Pastor Maldonado and Kamui Kobayashi.

He said that the safety car helped him as it meant they didn’t have to fuel save as much as their competitors.

I didn’t get a very good start but through the course of the race I managed the tyres well, while still having a good race with the Caterhams.” Chilton said.

“The safety car helped us out as I don’t think we had to fuel save as much as the others, once we had unlapped ourselves.”

Chilton’s 13th place finish in Bahrain means he has now finished 22 consecutive races.

“it’s great to be leaving Bahrain with 13th place and having finished every single race of my F1 career so far – 22 out of 22 now!”

“it’s a nice feeling to have helped us back into 10th position in the Constructors’ Championship standings. Bring on China!”

10th place in the constructors’ championship is important for Marussia and Caterham as the team who finish 11th place will not receive any prize money.

Bianchi suffered yet more bad luck in Bahrain and was handed a drive through penalty and two penalty points for causing a collision with Adrian Sutil.

He now has four penalty points on his license for the next 12 months.

Bianchi made up three positions on the opening lap but the collision with Sutil made the car hard to drive throughout the rest of the race.

“I’m really disappointed after another tough race for me; the third one in a row.” Bianchi said.

“I got a good start and made up three places by the end of the first lap and I was having a really good first stint, enjoying a good race with Sutil.”

“I pitted but after that the car never felt the same and we can see now that the floor was damaged, which resulted in a loss of downforce and made the car difficult to drive for the rest of the race.”

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