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Marussia set for battle for 10th

ESPN Staff
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John Booth: "Where we are today and what we have achieved thus far should not be overlooked" © Sutton Images
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Marussia team principal John Booth says "there is a feel-good factor" within the team as it attempts to secure 10th place in the constructors' championship.

Timo Glock's 12th place in the Singapore Grand Prix leaves Marussia ahead of both Caterham and HRT in the standings, having finished last in each of its previous two seasons in the sport. Booth admitted that holding on to 10th place was crucial, but added the team should be praised for its progress so far this season.

"As reluctant as we were to leave Austin after a very enjoyable debut race weekend at the Circuit of The Americas, we head to Brazil with a lot of eager anticipation," Booth said. "It is a favoured race destination for the team and there is a lot riding on the weekend across the whole sport. We are obviously fighting our own battle for 10th in the Constructors' Championship, but while we still need a strong weekend, where we are today and what we have achieved thus far should not be overlooked.

"We held 10th for the first five races of the season, and the steady progression we have made since the mid-season enabled us to not only get it back but also hang on to it for the last six races. There is a feel-good factor about the whole team at present because of that and although this race marks the end of the season, it feels like this is just the start of some very positive times ahead for the Marussia F1 Team."

Timo Glock warned that "anything can happen" at Interlagos and that it meant the outcome of positions up and down the field were far from certain

"As we head into the final race of season, it's quite unbelievable that it's almost over once again," Glock said. "Having said that, Brazil is always quite an eventful race where anything can happen, so at the front of the field the championship could be quite exciting yet. For us, our usual objective since the last few races, which is to try to hold position and finish the year by getting the very best from the whole package. Should be an exciting weekend."