Booth: First races an opportunity
7 March 2014 – Marussia Team Principal John Booth says the opening races of the 2014 season present an opportunity for his team to achieve strong results.
Marussia has yet to score a point in its Formula 1 history but the vast rule changes mean that Booth's team heads to next weekend's Australian Grand Prix confident about ending its barren spell.
"Although we did not meet our mileage target in pre-season testing, the positive work we did achieve, particularly last week in Bahrain, has been extremely valuable in terms of validating our calculations for the MR03 and finalising our specification for Melbourne," said Booth.
"We are in good shape, both in terms of the car and as a maturing racing operation, and we head to Australia with cautious optimism.
"We have had some positive indications for reliability, but the acid test will be our first full race, which is the primary target for next Sunday. The first few races are the ones where opportunity is likely to knock, so we will also be looking to ensure we are prepared for every eventuality."
Mattia Binotto, Engine & Electronics Deputy Director at Ferrari, believes that Marussia has the potential to make significant progress, having joined forces with the Italian manufacturer after four years with Cosworth.
"We have found a team that is keen to grow and to prove that, with the new Ferrari power unit, is capable of making a substantial step forward in terms of its level of competitiveness," said Binotto.