Marussia targets Montreal turning point
4 June 2012 – Marussia is pin-pointing the Canadian Grand Prix weekend as a particularly significant one in 2012, with the English team having now lost tenth position in the Constructors’ Championship to Caterham. In order to re-take it, the outfit formerly known as Virgin Racing must achieve a finishing position of 12th with either Timo Glock or Charles Pic.
As Glock took the chequered flag in 14th place for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Marussia moved up to tenth overall; this was lost when Heikki Kovalainen managed to hold off the McLaren of Jenson Button and finish 13th in Monaco.
“We’re hoping that Canada will represent a bit of a turning point that puts us back on the right track again,” says Team Principal John Booth.
“The disappointment has centred less around car performance and pace and more around a few setup and reliability issues that have crept in, particularly for Charles. We need to have both cars qualifying consistently and reaching the chequered flag.
“In the past, Montreal has not been short on surprises; we’ve had everything from small animals to torrential rain intervening in the course of events. According to the early forecasts, the weather is likely to range from very hot to very wet through the weekend.”
Should Booth’s forecast of wet weather prove to be correct, this could serve as an ideal platform for taking advantage of others’ mistakes and rising up the order on Sunday.