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John Booth claims Marussia has made up one and a half seconds in average lap time since the start of the 2012 Formula 1 campaign in Australia. The Anglo-Russian team, which missed pre-season testing after failing FIA crash tests, had run just a single filming day at Silverstone before heading out to Melbourne.
Although the three newest teams are yet to score points, Marussia is officially tenth in the current constructors’ standings by virtue of Timo Glock’s 14th place finish in Round 1, moving the outfit ahead of both Caterham and HRT.
“Reading the timesheets at the end of the past few races, it is easy to focus on position and overlook the fairly significant progress we’ve made in such a short space of time,” says Team Principal Booth.
“Going into last weekend’s race in China we’d eaten into the gap to our immediate competitors by 0.8 seconds since Malaysia. Combined with the 0.6 second decrease we’d seen between the first two races, that means we’ve found almost 1.5 seconds of lap time in the first three races which, considering the challenges we faced with our late start, is very pleasing to all of us.
“It is still very early in the season of course, but it is nice to see that we are heading in a good development direction.”
The team now returns to Bahrain, where it began its F1 journey two years ago.
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