Marussia set for 'reasonable collective step'
7 May 2014 – Marussia will debut upgrades in Spain this week that can be 'considered a reasonable collective step', Team Principal John Booth has stated.
The Banbury-based outfit remains anchored to the back, but currently sits tenth in the Constructors' Championship and ahead fellow strugglers Caterham thanks to Max Chilton's two 13th place finishes in Australia and Bahrain.
"The three-week break since China has been extremely beneficial, providing some respite after the first four long-haul races and the opportunity to regroup technically to ensure that we are in the best possible shape for the start of the European season," Booth commented prior to the fifth round in the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship.
"Spain is a key race, not least because it provides a very good barometer of car performance up and down the field. The weekend, coupled with next week's two-day test, will also ensure everyone gets a good run at the implementation and evaluation of the new developments being introduced at this stage of the season."
"We will be bringing upgrades which can be considered a reasonable collective step. These are primarily aerodynamic, some of which are visible around the nose area and some perhaps a little more subtle. To complement the aero upgrades, we also have some mechanical changes which will allow us to better exploit the aero performance of the car. Naturally we hope to see confirmation of a positive development direction this weekend," he concluded.