Formula 1 mid-season review: Marussia

Formula 1 mid-season review: Marussia

12 August 2014 – As the Formula 1 fraternity enjoys the summer break, GPUpdate.net takes the opportunity to analyse team and driver performances over the first 11 rounds of the 2014 season. In the latest instalment, we put the spotlight on Marussia, still on a high after recording its maiden points finish at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Marussia: 6/10

It was said pre-season that 2014 would be the best chance for one of the 'new teams' to score a point and Marussia duly delivered by claiming its maiden top 10 finish courtesy of Jules Bianchi's eighth place in Monaco – which later became ninth after a penalty, not that it cared. It was an impressive turn around in fortunes, considering that two months previously its stuttering cars started from the pit lane in Australia, off the back of a disrupted winter. In a year of unreliability for several of its closest rivals, Marussia has been impressive, with its four unclassified results coming from three accidents and one race in which Bianchi started several laps down. The pace of the car has also been promising, with Bianchi occasionally racing the Sauber and Lotus machines, while its drivability on-track also looks strong even if it lacks the ultimate pace of others – its drivers have confidence in its ability to be consistent, a crucial attribute compared to rivals Sauber and Caterham. This has so far been Marussia's best showing in five years of competition and its effort so far merits the ninth place which it currently holds – if it can hang on, it'll earn a lucrative payday.

Jules Bianchi: 8/10

Bianchi has once again led Marussia's charge, although his season started in somewhat poor fashion. A couple of collisions in Malaysia and Bahrain left him with penalty points and after a strong rookie campaign in 2013, many held unduly high expectations of the young Frenchman. However, he knuckled down and improved, with his robust pass on Kamui Kobayashi eventually netting him ninth position in Monaco for his and the team's maiden points. Since then, opportunities have been few and far between, but he's still battled with rivals ahead when the situation has arisen. He was self-assured when Ferrari came calling following Kimi Räikkönen's accident at Silverstone and performed well during his day in the F14 T. Bianchi, undoubtedly with time on his side, has to improve his race craft – itself a difficult proposition when Marussia is rarely in the thick of any action – but he's still a part of Ferrari's Driver Academy and doing a more than respectable job with his current squad. If he keeps going on his current trajectory, the red team will come calling one day – for good.

Max Chilton: 6/10

Max Chilton is far from the world's fastest driver but he fits in well within the Marussia set-up and this continuity aided both him and the team as they entered the challenging new era. It was suspected that Chilton's consistency – his lacking edge meaning he rarely gets close to the wall or pushes components to their limits – would see him collect Marussia's first point. He didn't, but he inadvertently played a part as he punctured Räikkönen's tyre, which dropped the Finn down the order. Räikkönen then collided with Magnussen, which elevated Bianchi into the top 10. Chilton's finishing record was ended with a silly collision with his team-mate in Canada, but elsewhere he's lived up to expectations and occasionally given Bianchi a run for his money in qualifying. The question now is whether he can start to trouble Bianchi regularly, as he did more than once towards the back end of 2013, and remain with the team into 2015. All could depend on whether Marussia retains ninth.

Do you agree with GPUpdate.net's ratings? Join in the discussion via the Facebook panel below

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Monday 31 August 2015

  2. Video: Dixon snatches title with Sonoma win 13:34

    Video: Dixon snatches title with Sonoma win

    Watch highlights as Scott Dixon wins the double-points Sonoma finale to snatch his fourth IndyCar title.

    Indy
  3. Pérez: We must keep aiming for podium 12:06

    Pérez: We must keep aiming for podium

    Sergio Pérez says Force India should continue to target podium finishes over the remainder of the 2015 season, after an…

    F1
  4. Pirelli praised for 'sensible' Monza tyre choice 10:41

    Pirelli praised for 'sensible' Monza tyre choice

    Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has been praised for making a "way more sensible" compound selection for this weekend's Italian…

    F1
  5. Márquez concedes 2015 title chances over 10:15

    Márquez concedes 2015 title chances over

    Repsol Honda rider Marc Márquez has admitted that his chances of defending his MotoGP title are all but over after he crashed…

    MotoGP
  6. Rossi 'very proud' of British Grand Prix win 09:32

    Rossi 'very proud' of British Grand Prix win

    Yamaha's Valentino Rossi described himself as "very proud" after mastering wet conditions to win the British Grand Prix and…

    MotoGP
  7. Video of the Day: Driven by Data - Heat 05:11

    Video of the Day: Driven by Data - Heat

    F1 brakes reach extreme temperatures, as McLaren outlines in the final part of its technical video series.

    F1
  8. 01:16

    Latest IndyCar photos: Sunday at Sonoma

    Indy
  9. Peerless Dixon beats Montoya to IndyCar crown 01:12

    Peerless Dixon beats Montoya to IndyCar crown

    For the fourth time in his storied career, Scott Dixon has won the Verizon IndyCar Series championship, bettering Juan Pablo…

    Indy
  10. Sunday 30 August 2015

  11. Helmet auction to benefit Justin Wilson fund 21:43

    Helmet auction to benefit Justin Wilson fund

    All of the IndyCar drivers in today's season finale have decided to donate their helmets to a large online auction for the…

    Indy
  12. 14:32

    Latest MotoGP photos: Sunday at Silverstone

    MotoGP
  13. Rossi reclaims title lead amid Silverstone drama 14:26

    Rossi reclaims title lead amid Silverstone drama

    Valentino Rossi won a wet and dramatic British Grand Prix to reclaim the title lead from Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, while…

    MotoGP
  14. Redding to join Pramac Ducati for 2016 11:17

    Redding to join Pramac Ducati for 2016

    Pramac Ducati has confirmed that it has signed British rider Scott Redding for the 2016 MotoGP campaign. Redding made his…

    MotoGP
  15. Räikkönen hopes to be 'in the fight' at Monza 08:22

    Räikkönen hopes to be 'in the fight' at Monza

    Kimi Räikkönen is hopeful that Ferrari will pose a greater challenge to Mercedes at the Italian Grand Prix, despite Monza…

    F1
  16. Video of the Day: Final Formula E test recap 05:24

    Video of the Day: Final Formula E test recap

    Join Formula E presenter Nicki Shields for a closer look at the final pre-season test at Donington Park.

    FE
  17. 00:42

    Latest IndyCar photos: Saturday at Sonoma

    Indy
  18. Power steals pole, Sonoma lap record 00:36

    Power steals pole, Sonoma lap record

    A consistently fast Will Power stole P1 away from Josef Newgarden after time expired in the final IndyCar qualifying of the year…

    Indy
  19. Saturday 29 August 2015

  20. Whiting: In F1, no one day is like another 15:46

    Whiting: In F1, no one day is like another

    In 1988, after a lengthy stint as an engineer at Bernie Ecclestone's Brabham team, Charlie Whiting joined the FIA's technical…

    F1
  21. 15:18

    Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday at Silverstone

    MotoGP
  22. Márquez smashes Silverstone lap record 15:13

    Márquez smashes Silverstone lap record

    Marc Márquez twice broke the lap record during Saturday's qualifying session at Silverstone to secure pole position for the…

    MotoGP
  23. Häkkinen understands Vettel's outburst 13:18

    Häkkinen understands Vettel's outburst

    Double Formula 1 World Champion Mika Häkkinen says he "can understand" why Sebastian Vettel hit out at tyre supplier Pirelli…

    F1
  24. Lorenzo stays on top in third session 10:52

    Lorenzo stays on top in third session

    Jorge Lorenzo remained on top with a blistering late effort during Saturday's third practice session for the British Grand Prix…

    MotoGP
  25. GPUpdate's stars of the future: Esteban Ocon 08:20

    GPUpdate's stars of the future: Esteban Ocon

    Across 2015, GPUpdate.net has been profiling some of the most talented up-and-coming youngsters gracing the various junior…

    GP3
  26. Maldonado caused own DNF with 17G impact 07:46

    Maldonado caused own DNF with 17G impact

    Pastor Maldonado caused his own retirement from last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps with a sizeable 17G…

    F1
  27. Video of the Day: Driven by Data - Engine 05:14

    Video of the Day: Driven by Data - Engine

    McLaren showcases how many strokes per second are produced by Honda's engine.

    F1
  28. Friday 28 August 2015

  29. Grosjean sure he would have passed Vettel 16:08

    Grosjean sure he would have passed Vettel

    Lotus driver Romain Grosjean says he is "convinced" that he would have passed Sebastian Vettel for third at the Belgian Grand…

    F1
  30. 15:12

    Latest MotoGP photos: Friday at Silverstone

    MotoGP
  31. Lorenzo edges Márquez in second practice 15:03

    Lorenzo edges Márquez in second practice

    Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo edged out Repsol Honda rival Marc Márquez during second practice for the British Grand Prix at…

    MotoGP
  32. Bottas 'expected more' from 2015 car 14:01

    Bottas 'expected more' from 2015 car

    Valtteri Bottas has admitted that he "expected more" from the Williams FW37 this season, but he is hopeful that progress will be…

    F1
  33. GPUpdate lets readers ask Hülkenberg questions 12:02

    GPUpdate lets readers ask Hülkenberg questions

    Earlier in the season, GPUpdate.net gave readers the chance to quiz Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Lotus driver Romain…

    F1
  34. Márquez tops first practice at Silverstone 10:50

    Márquez tops first practice at Silverstone

    Repsol Honda's Marc Márquez topped the times during Friday morning's opening practice session for the British Grand Prix at…

    MotoGP
  35. Video: IndyCars cross Golden Gate Bridge 09:36

    Video: IndyCars cross Golden Gate Bridge

    Ahead of this weekend's IndyCar season finale at Sonoma, drivers completed a demonstration run across San Francisco's Golden…

    Indy
  36. Preview: Chasing Montoya, honouring Wilson 09:22

    Preview: Chasing Montoya, honouring Wilson

    As the IndyCar circus arrives in California for the resolution of a tense and complex championship battle, the sport also finds…

    Indy
  37. Servià to drive Wilson's car at Sonoma 07:38

    Servià to drive Wilson's car at Sonoma

    Oriol Servià will drive Justin Wilson's Andretti car at this weekend's IndyCar finale at Sonoma in tribute to the Briton, who…

    Indy
  38. Video of the Day: Sound of a radio message 05:23

    Video of the Day: Sound of a radio message

    Mercedes partner BOSE covers radio tranmissions in the latest part of its 'Sounds of Formula 1' series.

    F1
  39. Thursday 27 August 2015

  40. Alonso expects 'completely different' second half 17:59

    Alonso expects 'completely different' second half

    Fernando Alonso is predicting a "completely different" performance from McLaren-Honda over the second half of the season, as the…

    F1
  41. Red Bull set to take Monza engine drops 15:12

    Red Bull set to take Monza engine drops

    Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat are likely to take grid penalties at the Italian…

    F1
  42. Frijns hoping for Andretti Formula E seat 14:24

    Frijns hoping for Andretti Formula E seat

    Robin Frijns has set his sights on securing the vacant race seat at Andretti for the upcoming Formula E campaign, but says…

    FE
  43. Video: IndyCar drivers preview Sonoma finale 13:02

    Video: IndyCar drivers preview Sonoma finale

    IndyCar drivers preview this weekend's season finale at Sonoma, which takes place under a cloud following Justin Wilson's death.…

    Indy
  44. Mallya confident of keeping Hülkenberg 10:42

    Mallya confident of keeping Hülkenberg

    Force India team boss Vijay Mallya says he is "quite confident" of retaining Nico Hülkenberg's services for the 2016 season…

    F1
  45. Chilton reveals Haas F1 discussions 09:37

    Chilton reveals Haas F1 discussions

    Former Marussia racer Max Chilton has revealed that he has held discussions with the arriving Haas F1 Team over a potential…

    F1
more news