Booth upbeat about Marussia progress
28 February 2014 – Marussia team principal John Booth expressed his satisfaction after a positive day of running for the Banbury-based outfit in Bahrain.
Marussia completed only 27 laps across the four-day second test, but Max Chilton managed 38 in the MR03 on the opening day of the final gathering.
Booth believes that the team has turned a corner.
"We are all very pleased that we have made such good progress and achieved our target of being able to run the MR03 in high and low fuel specification," said Booth.
"We are reasonably happy with the performance of the car and the reliability is also starting to come, although these are complicated cars and we are treading carefully. There is only a short space of time now until Melbourne, so the work we will do over the next three days will be crucial.
"We have helped that process significantly by putting in place some firm building blocks for the rest of the week. We have had a challenging time in pre-season testing so far, but it looks like we are starting to turn the corner and motivation within the team is high."
Chilton acknowledged that Marussia has a lot to learn but mirrored Booth's confidence.
"It’s great to finally achieve some reasonable mileage and also to have some consistency to our running once again," he said.
"At this stage, there is still so much to learn about the car, so the information we have gathered is really important for the engineers. We have also had some positive signs in terms of reliability today, so all in all, I’m quite positive and we have a good basis now for the rest of the week."
Chilton's team-mate, Jules Bianchi, will test the MR03 on Friday and Saturday before the Brit returns for the final day of running on Sunday.