F1 News: 2014 Singapore GP Preview – Marussia F1 Team

Marussia LogoDESTINATION SINGAPORE
For the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix

All you need to know about Round 14 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship > Race 21 September…Location Marina Bay Street Circuit…Debut race 2008…Number of laps 61…Circuit length 5.065 km…Race distance 308.828 km…Lap record 1:48.574 (S. Vettel 2013)…Left hand corners 13…Right hand corners 10…Race start time 20.00hrs local…Driver numbers Max 4 (#M4X) Jules 17 (#JB17)

Round 14 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, takes the Marussia F1 Team to Singapore, for one of the most exciting and atmospheric races on the calendar. Held at night, under a powerful lighting system that replicates daylight conditions, Singapore’s stunning cityscape provides a spectacular backdrop for the first race of the final fly-away, six-race leg of the 2014 season.

John Booth │ Team Principal
“Singapore is a fantastic destination at which to begin the final phase of the season. The tempo of the races really steps up a notch from this point as, up and down the field, there is still so much to play for. So it is quite fitting that we get the fly-away races underway in such a vibrant city and one which does a fabulous job of hosting a Grand Prix. Over the past four years we have become well-versed in coping with the unique challenges that this event poses; racing under the lights, operating to a European schedule, eating breakfast in the afternoon, to name but a few. That familiarity has done little to diminish the whole experience and we are excited to get into the swing of the race weekend proper. Of course, the Marina Bay Street Circuit closely resembles Monaco, and within our Team we cannot think of Monaco without remembering it as the biggest milestone in our young history – our first points. One cannot take anything for granted though; just like Monaco this is a very unforgiving and demanding track that punishes even a small mistake. Nonetheless, we know our drivers enjoy the tough conditions this race presents and will make the most of the fact that this track, with it short straights and plentiful corners, is one that is ideally suited to our package.”

Mattia Binotto │ Scuderia Ferrari Chief Operating Officer – Power Unit Division
“The Singapore track is very similar, in terms of its characteristics, to Monaco, the circuit where Marussia picked up its best result of the season. The Marina Bay track therefore represents a good opportunity to demonstrate the car’s potential. The aim is to be ready to make the most of any opportunity that might present itself for the team to bring home more points. As usual in Singapore, one of the critical aspects is the high temperature. We will therefore have to pay particular attention to keep all the car’s systems under control, especially the ERS. In this race, reliability will be key and it will be necessary to be very attentive to it at all times.”

Max Chilton │ Driver No. 4
“It’s great to be heading back to Singapore. It’s a fantastic city and the atmosphere of the night race is totally electric. I have great memories of winning there in GP2 in 2012, so it’s always nice to come back and race here. The track is not dissimilar to Monaco, another street circuit, and we know our car is well-suited to those track characteristics. I had quite a good race here last year and with only six races remaining, it’s important that we have a good showing at every round.”

Jules Bianchi │ Driver No. 17
“I really enjoyed my first night race experience here last year; it’s such an unusual and exciting event with a really great atmosphere. It’s fun, doing things differently. Having to push yourself to adopt a new regime is an interesting challenge that requires real discipline. The track characteristics are quite a lot like Monaco, which is a race that is special for a couple of reasons, not least because I finished in the points there. With so many similarities, this is a circuit that also gives me a good feeling. Last year the race did not pan out so well for me, but we learned a great deal and I hope we can bring that experience together to achieve a good result this year. Our car should work well here with all the corners, and as it is often an eventful race, we will be fighting to take advantage of every opportunity.”

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