Booth: Marussia in good position to go racing
3 March 2014 – Marussia team boss John Booth has said he feels the Banbury-based outfit is in a ‘good position’ to go racing following the conclusion to F1 2014 pre-season testing.
Max Chilton was out on track in the Ferrari-powered MR03 on Sunday and he finished the day seventh quickest, notching up 61 laps in total at the Bahrain International Circuit, despite losing a lot of time with an electrical problem in the afternoon.
“The twelve days of pre-season testing seem to have passed by incredibly quickly. This period of the year is always very intense but this time we’ve really had our noses firmly to the grindstone, with very little respite across the whole team. Sunday’s performance was just reward for that effort and we now feel like we are in a good position to go racing,” Booth confirmed after the four-day test.
“On the final day we were able to finalise many of the procedural aspects associated with running the car in a race situation. When considering the extremely complicated systems on the car, this has by no means been easy, but the work had to be done prior to Melbourne,” he continued. “It was nice to be able to recover from our earlier electrical problems to achieve this objective and still manage to provide Max with some qualifying practice. It was a really exciting last tne minutes of the session and the crew really stretched themselves to the maximum, as if it were a real qualifying session.”
“Unfortunately, leaving Bahrain though does not mean all the hard work is at an end; it is just the beginning,” Booth added. “Into the next few days the race team will be busy rebuilding the cars and the engineering team’s attention will be firmly focused on analysing what we’ve learned during this test.
“Back at base, the first set-up development parts are already in production. I want to thank everyone in the team and at Scuderia Ferrari for giving us the best possible basis on which to begin our 2014 season,” he concluded.