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German GP: Preview - Marussia

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03/07/2013

The Marussia F1 Team cars and equipment headed straight to Germany on Sunday evening following the Team’s home race at Silverstone, ready for Round 9 of the 19 race World Championship, the Formula 1 Grosser Preis Santander von Deutschland 2013. This is the third of six back to back races on the 2013 calendar and the penultimate round before the sport enters the Summer Shutdown period which marks the midpoint of the season.

Jules Bianchi: "It's hard to believe that we are almost at the middle of the season. The races are really starting to come quickly, so it is especially important that we stay focused now, as in Silverstone we didn't achieve our objective of staying ahead of the Caterham and we have to turn that situation around again. We need to give ourselves a better chance for the race by having a stronger preparation on Friday and Saturday, to leave us in the best position. I have raced at the Nurburgring on a few occasions previously in the junior formulae - the last time in 2011. I'm looking forward to returning there."

Max Chilton: "I really enjoyed the experience of my first home Grand Prix and would like to thank the fans for their fantastic support. Such is the pace of F1 though we are already heading into our next race weekend, this time in Germany. With just a few days between races, I've spent those training before heading out on Wednesday. I've also caught up with my engineers on what we learned from the race and we'll continue that process over the next couple of days as we need to give ourselves the best possible run-up to the weekend. Qualifying is an area we particularly need to improve on, so that's the first objective. I'm very pleased with my record of finishes – eight in eight races – so naturally I'm keen to keep that going."

John Booth, Team Principal: "Our home race at Silverstone provided a further reminder of how hard we have to keep working to achieve our goals for the season. We are very satisfied with our current level of reliability; we've brought two cars home in seven out of eight races. Now we have to work to extract every ounce of performance from the package. Last weekend we demonstrated that a particular area of focus for us is qualifying, and we've spent the past couple of days taking a good look at all the data collected to see how we can improve. This has been an interesting turnaround for the race team, with our cars and equipment heading straight from Silverstone to Germany on Sunday evening. Nonetheless, everything is in place logistically and now our thoughts turn to the progress we can make on the racetrack this weekend."

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