Singapore was not a good weekend for Marussia, with their cars the last two across the line after a trying grand prix. They could not even find solace in a star turn from Jules Bianchi, who despite qualifying well had little fight come the race.
However their ninth place in the constructors’ standings remains safe for another weekend, and at this stage of the season that is what matters most. They are now only five races away from what would be a landmark championship result.
Jules Bianchi: Grid 19th. Finish 16th. 6/10
After some impressive recent performances Bianchi had a rare off-race in Singapore. The Frenchman was strong in qualifying, beating the Caterham of Kamui Kobayashi to 19th by a full second and lapping just four tenths down on the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado.
However his race pace was less impressive. Bianchi was suffering with brake issues and stopped one more time than Marcus Ericsson, allowing the Swede to beat him to the flag and secure the increasingly irrelevant tail-end victory. Bianchi was able to beat team-mate Chilton, but that has become the standard order.
Max Chilton: Grid 21st. Finish 17th. 5/10
There is no hiding from the fact that Chilton was a full second slower than Bianchi in qualifying, and that simply isn’t good enough. Max won at this track in GP2, so he should have an idea of how to get around it in a relatively decent time.
In the race he finished last, well adrift of his team-mate and the only car to be lapped. Unusually, he didn’t even have Ericsson to fight with. Are there any signs of progress for the young Brit? If so they’re proving difficult to spot.