Marussia targets two-car finish at Sepang
27 March 2014 – Marussia Team Principal John Booth is hoping for another two-car finish in the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend.
Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi both got to the end of the race in Australia two weeks ago, the 2014 Formula 1 season opener, despite failing to get off the grid.
Booth is now hopeful the team can improve and utilise the data from Melbourne to good effect in Sepang: “On reflection, our race outcome in Australia was quite positive when we take into account the challenges of the winter, the issues we encountered at the start and the anticipated problems that afflicted the wider field,” Booth stated in the countdown to round two in the 2014 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. “We completed two race distances in the opening round and the data that has yielded could not have provided us with a better baseline for our development programme.
“We have spent quite a bit of time since Melbourne analysing that information carefully to enable us to have a more straightforward and successful weekend in Malaysia. We hope for another positive showing and for two cars to see the chequered flag once again.”
Bianchi meanwhile is keen to try and explore the potential of the Ferrari-powered MR03 a little more in Kuala Lumpur: “There were some good signs for us in Melbourne, but also a few challenges which got in the way of our progress, which was obviously quite frustrating. Overall, it has been really good to have the maximum information to look at with the engineers though and what we have learned from that will be really helpful for us,” stated the Frenchman.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the car now and hoping for a more straightforward weekend in Malaysia, and one where we can really push the car a little more to explore its potential,” he confirmed.