ABU DHABI – Marussia F1 Team may not have been racing in Abu Dhabi yesterday, but it still had a reason to celebrate after securing its best-ever finish in the constructors’ championship thanks to Sauber’s failure to score any points once again.
The Anglo-Russian backmarkers scored its first ever points in Formula 1 at the Monaco Grand Prix back in May thanks to Jules Bianchi’s ninth place finish.
However, Marussia’s year hit a dark low when Bianchi was seriously injured in an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix in October, suffering severe head injuries. As per the latest update on Wednesday, Jules has returned home and is no longer in an artificial coma.
Following the Russian Grand Prix, Marussia’s financial struggles caused it to enter administration and miss the next two races in the United States and Brazil. Despite a last-ditch attempt to get the team back on the grid in Abu Dhabi, it was unable to attend the race.
However, Sauber could not use Marussia’s absence to its advantage as Esteban Gutierrez finished 15th in Abu Dhabi, one place ahead of Adrian Sutil. This marks the Swiss team’s worst season in F1 history, and means that Marussia remained ninth in the standings come the checkered flag.
Former driver Max Chilton and ex-President Graeme Lowdon tweeted their joy, congratulating the team on its best ever F1 finish.
— Max Chilton (@maxchilton) November 23, 2014
— Graeme (@graeme_lowdon) November 23, 2014
It remains unclear whether or not Marussia will be entitled to any of the prize money that is awarded for finishing ninth, but this result will certainly give the operation a boost as it tries to put the pieces together so it can race again in 2015.
For Sauber, finishing P10 in the championship ahead of Caterham is something at the very least, but for a team with such a rich racing heritage, better results will be needed in 2015.