Autodromo di Monza, Italy
Sunday 7 September 2014
BIANCHI MR03-01 P18 1:30.521
CHILTON MR03-02 DNF 1:32.569
We endured a tough day at the Autodromo di Monza today, with only one of our cars finishing the 53 lap Italian Grand Prix. Jules Bianchi took the chequered flag in P18, whilst Max Chilton’s race came to a premature conclusion after only 5 laps.
Jules Bianchi #17
“It was a really tough race for us today but I did everything the Team asked of me and nothing more was possible. In the end, we struggled a little with the speed on the straights and we were not able to improve further. Across the whole team we know the areas we need to improve on and everyone is pushing hard to get the most from the package. For now, we just have to put the disappointment this weekend behind us and look ahead to Singapore and a track that is much better suited to our car.”
Max Chilton #4
“A disappointing premature end to the race for me. Unfortunately it was my mistake; I braked slightly too late and wasn’t able to get round the corner. I hit the sausage kerbs at turn 4, which unexpectedly launched me into the air and I came down hard and ended up in the gravel. It was all the more disappointing as I had just retaken position from Grosjean. We had managed our expectations for this weekend because we knew it would be a challenging track for us and so it has been a frustrating day for us all round. There isn’t much to say beyond putting a difficult race behind us and looking forward to better things in Singapore.”
John Booth, Team Principal
“A tough day for the Team and on the back of yesterday’s qualifying result, overall it has not the best weekend we have experienced this year. Max’s race ended fairly early on with a rare mistake at Turn 4. With Jules we followed the fairly conventional one-stop strategy, as was adopted by the majority of teams, and with this there was not much else we could do in order to try and help move him up. Coming into Monza we weren’t particularly confident that we would have a strong weekend, however the pace up until qualifying looked encouraging, although it is clear that the race pace was more in line with our prior expectations. The car has not been particularly unbalanced and nor have we suffered with any stability problems this weekend, so at least we can be confident going into Singapore that we have a car we can build on there and with that type of track we are hopeful of a much better weekend.”
Claudio Albertini, Head of Customer Teams Power Unit Operations, Scuderia Ferrari
"It was a weekend that leaves a bad taste in the mouth because we really wanted to do well at this track in the first season of the partnership between Ferrari and Marussia. Unfortunately, the level of performance has not been what we wanted, both in qualifying and in the race. Jules gave his best but he could not fight with our main rivals and the race of Max was too short to be judged. The only good thing about this weekend was the reliability: on the most demanding track for the usage of the power unit we had no problems that have affected the technical program. At the end of the European season, we now begin the final part of the championship with six races in two months between Asia and the Americas. We will do everything to help the team to maintain its current position in the Constructors' Championship and look to the future."