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2014-05-28 08:58

POINTS AT LAST: Formula 1 team Marussia has recorded two points in the Constructors’ championship and moved up to ninth position after the 2014 Monaco GP race. Image: AFP/JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET

ALAN BALDWIN

MONTE CARLO, Monaco  - Formula 1 team Marussia has increased pressure on rival Sauber by scoring two points in the 2014 Monaco GP but Sauber remains confident it will soon be back in front.

Before the 2014 Monaco GP Marussia was last in the Constructors’ title race. It is now ninth.

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn told Reuters her team was unlucky not to have scored its first point of the 2014 season. "You could see the cars were in the race, showing good performance. To lose, or not make use of the chances of points through mistakes, was very unfortunate."

'MOST PAINFUL MISTAKE'

Sauber driver Adrian Sutil lost control under braking as he exited the tunnel on lap 24 and hit the barrier; Estaban Gutierrez was in the top 10 when he spun at Rascasse bend 18 laps from the end.

Gutierrez said: “It was probably the most painful mistake in my career."

With the Sauber drivers out of the way, Marussia's Jules Bianchi came through from the last row of the grid and despite two stop/go penalties took two points for ninth - his team's first in more than four years of trying.

The result put Marussia ahead of Sauber into ninth position overall in the Constructors’ championship.

Sauber, which uses the same Ferrari 'power unit' as Marussia, has had financial problems but is a bigger team and has never scored fewer than five points in a season since entering the sport in 1993.
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