'Marussia in a good place now' – Booth
6 September 2012 – Marussia made significant progress with its upgrades for the Belgian Grand Prix, according to Team Principal John Booth. At the same time, the Englishman admits that the outfit will witness no major leaps at low-downforce Monza this weekend.
“It has been another tight turnaround as we head into the Italian Grand Prix weekend, but we’d better get used to that as it’s only the first of four back-to-backs in this second half of the season!” Booth begins. “This is also the last of the European races, so the remaining seven rounds will quite literally be a long haul.
“We’re in a good place right now and last weekend’s performance in Spa boosted everyone’s spirits. We do need to temper that, however, with the realistic expectations we have for this race because we aren’t simply picking up where we left off. Monza is quite a different challenge as its high-speed characteristics call for a low-downforce setup and we know from Canada that our car does not work as well at this type of track.”
In Belgium last Sunday, Timo Glock and Charles Pic had an entertaining battle en route to 15th and 16th positions at historic Spa-Francorchamps.