Marussia hoping for better luck this time in Brazil

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Marussia head into the final race of the season hoping to hold onto the valuable tenth place in the constructors’ championship.

The team were in the same position last year but lost their grip on tenth place with just six laps of the season remaining.

Team principal John Booth is understandably hoping they avoid a similar scenario this year.

“Everyone’s attentions are on what is at stake, but we shouldn’t forget just how far we have come to be able to maintain tenth place in the constructors’ championship for the whole season,” said Booth.

“That in itself is a big achievement, as is the excellent reliability we have shown this year, with Max [Chilton] completing every race so far.

“Our most recent developments have contributed significantly in enabling us to keep up the fight with Caterham to the last and the evidence of this was clear to see in the race in Austin. We just need to squeeze out every last drop from the package this weekend and hope for better luck than last year.”

Marussia, who competed as Virgin in 2010 and 2011, have never finished in the top ten in the constructors’ championship. Doing so would entitle F1’s smallest team to a greater share of prize money.

Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.