Chilton: Marussia has come a long way
4 March 2014 – Max Chilton believes Marussia has made a lot of progress over the winter and he is 'pretty positive' about what the team can achieve in the 2014 F1 season opener in Australia.
Marussia managed only 30 laps at the first pre-season test at Jerez back in January and similarly struggled at the second gathering in Bahrain, with Chilton and team-mate Jules Bianchi doing three tours less. However, the third and final test was much smoother, and the pair ultimately combined to do over 250 laps in total.
"Generally, I think we can be pretty positive for the first race of the season," he remarked after concluding running in Sakhir. "The new regulations have been a challenge up and down the pit lane and although we have also experienced a few issues along the way, we’ve also made a lot of progress.
"I don't want to make any predictions because we won't really know where we stand until qualifying and the race, but I'm feeling very optimistic as I think we‘ll be in a good position to make the most of our opportunities. My thanks to the team trackside and back at base. We've come a long way since that first day of running in Jerez."
Quizzed on the final day of testing in Bahrain, he added: "Given that we've had a few little issues, I'm quite encouraged by the 61 laps that we did achieve and the positive note on which we've ended the day. It's a nice way to finish our pre-season testing.
"The way our day panned out meant that we had a lot to do to play catch-up and maximise the track time that we had left, but the items we have ticked off will be crucial in forming an overall picture for Melbourne," he summed-up.