Marussia 'focused' on retaining 10th place
21 August 2013 – Marussia boss John Booth says his team is still firmly focused on the 2013 campaign, with the Anglo-Russian outfit desperate to retain 10th position in the Constructor’s Championship, and the associated funding that comes with it.
Having started the season with a superior car compared to key rivals Caterham, impressive early performances from driver Jules Bianchi led to a 13th place finish in Malaysia. Although currently enough to occupy the vital top-ten slot, Booth is acutely aware that the team has fallen back behind its main opponents in the development race, and is thus keeping his squad's resources concentrated on the current season.
"We head into the second part of the season still holding 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship and we are keenly focused on what we need to do at every turn to ensure we maintain that position," he said. "The challenge begins again this weekend in Spa. There we will have some new suspension parts and brakes to evaluate and, as ever, consistent progress during the course of the weekend and a two-car finish ahead of our nearest competitors are the target outcomes."
Having entered the sport under the Virgin guise back in 2010, Marussia is still yet to score its first point in Formula 1.