Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi are preparing to race in the United States Grand Prix for the first time next weekend when Formula One makes its annual visit to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Both drivers made their debut at the beginning of the season, meaning that they have not had a chance to race at the circuit and are relying solely on simulator work in preparation for the grand prix. Nevertheless, Chilton and Bianchi are relishing the opportunity to race in the U.S. next weekend.
“I’m really looking forward to the next two – the final two, actually – grands prix of my debut season,” Bianchi said. “We are in a strong position to achieve our objectives and we are all firmly focused on what needs to be done. From the work in the simulator and having been to the Circuit of the Americas last year, the track is fantastic and Austin is a lot of fun, so a good place to begin our final push.”
Marussia currently occupy tenth place in the constructors’ championship by virtue of Bianchi’s thirteenth-place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix back in March. Although the battle with Caterham for the position may appear to be innocuous on the face of things, the financial benefits of finishing in tenth place are huge.
Max Chilton set a new record for the most successive finishes at the start of a Formula One career by taking the checkered flag in Abu Dhabi, and he is looking to continue this form heading to Austin next weekend.
“I’ve been on the simulator this week for some final preparation and we’ve done a lot of work evaluating the issues from the race in Abu Dhabi, so I think we are as prepared as we can be for whatever challenges the final two races throw at us,” the Briton explained.