Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi would love to give the fans something to shout about at the Italan GP this weekend.
Max Chilton: “The Italian Grand Prix is a significant race for the whole Team as not only is this the final European round of the season, but also the home race of our powertrain partners, Scuderia Ferrari. I love Monza; it’s impossible not to get caught up in the magic of such a historic racing venue and I always take a trip out to the old banking when I race here. I had a good race in Spa, which enabled the Team to achieve at least part of its objectives for the weekend. For the remaining Grands Prix we need to keep fighting for good qualifying and race results, to ensure we maintain our current grasp on 9th place in the Constructors’ Championship. I’m looking forward to the whole Monza experience and, hopefully, a nice reward for the support I’m sure we will receive from the Tifosi.”
Jules Bianchi: “Every driver has a few favourite Grand Prix venues, but I consider myself very fortunate to have effectively four home races on the calendar this season – Monaco, Silverstone, Monza and Sochi. I am very proud to be a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy and I know how special this race is for Scuderia Ferrari. To be able to race in front of the Tifosi is a very exciting and intensely emotional experience and it is nice to know that not just me, but the whole Marussia F1 Team, can feel part of that this weekend in Monza, as the fans will want everything Ferrari to be successful. The last race in Spa did not go well for me and it was especially disappointing after a qualifying performance I felt very pleased with. I hope to combine a good qualifying with a good race this time and reward the passion of the Italian fans.”
John Booth – Team Principal: “It is always very exciting to return to Monza, but this year the event has a greater significance in that it is the home race of our powertrain partner, Scuderia Ferrari. In the past we have only imagined how it must feel for Ferrari to race in front of the Tifosi, so it is encouraging to know that, this time around, many of the ‘sea of red’ will also be rooting for Marussia. It will be a special weekend for us, even before we take into account achieving our on-track objectives. The races are coming thick and fast now in this second half of the season and it is vital that we maintain our current focus and ensure we maximise every round. Last time out in Spa, Max enjoyed a strong race, whereas a fantastic qualifying effort by Jules went unrewarded on race day, after he was struck from behind on the opening lap and then a gearbox problem forced him to retire. This weekend, we’re hoping for better fortunes for the Team, to add even greater momentum to our own 9th place Championship challenge and to contribute to a successful event all round for the Scuderia on home turf.”
Mattia Binotto – Scuderia Ferrari Chief Operating Officer – Power Unit Division: “The Italian Grand Prix is always a special event on the calendar, both from the technical and emotional point of view. The Monza track is undoubtedly the most challenging with regard to the use of the engine and as ever this year, the first for the new hybrid power unit, there is a lot of waiting to see if the simulations are confirmed by the asphalt. The long straights definitely put a strain on the drive unit, both as regards the provision that the reliability, and the fine tuning work during free practice sessions will be very important. From the emotional point of view we cannot deny that Monza is a special race for Scuderia Ferrari. I am sure that our friends in Marussia somehow will feel the passion that the fans of the ‘Prancing Horse’ can transmit and begin to consider this event a little like another home race!”