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.