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Chilton warns Marussia not to panic over 10th place

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Max Chilton says it is important Marussia doesn't panic over trying to hold on to 10th in the constructors' championship.

Marussia has been ahead of Caterham in the fight for 10th place - and lucrative prize money - since Jules Bianchi finished in 13th place at the Malaysian Grand Prix. As a result Caterham needs a 13th-place finish itself ahead of both Marussias in Brazil in order to regain the place. While Marussia lost out in similar circumstances last year, Chilton said it needs to remain calm and focus on a normal race weekend.

"We know how important this weekend is coming in to it," Chilton said. "The worst thing is to start panicking because you start then not concentrating on the right things. The best thing to do is treat it as a normal race weekend and try to get the most out of the car. If we can do that and we can race well then there's nothing we can be sad about because we gave it the best shot we can.

"We have done that every race this year and it has worked, but with the weather in Brazil it is never over until that chequered flag."

Giedo van der Garde admitted that Caterham could be helped in the battle by the expected wet weather this weekend.

"Absolutely, because on pure speed it's going to be tough in dry conditions and we need some luck," van der Garde said. "We need some other cars maybe to collide or have a mechanical failure, but rain will help a lot. Our car seems to work quite well in the rain, also our car is quite competitive here in the dry so we have to give it a big push, it's the last chance and hopefully we can do the same as last year."

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