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. Friday 19 December 2014

  2. BayernLB files law suit against Ecclestone 17:31

    BayernLB files law suit against Ecclestone

    German bank BayernLB has confirmed that it has filed a law suit against Bernie Ecclestone in relation to the sale of Formula...

    F1
  3. Ferrari confirms Vergne as test driver 16:40

    Ferrari confirms Vergne as test driver

    Ferrari has confirmed that former Toro Rosso racer Jean-Éric Vergne has joined the team as test driver and will focus on car...

    F1
  4. F1 2014: Biggest controversies of the season 16:17

    F1 2014: Biggest controversies of the season

    Formula 1 was full of talking points both on and off the track in 2014, with team-mate clashes and regulations being...

    F1
  5. Rossi expecting boost for America in 2016 14:19

    Rossi expecting boost for America in 2016

    Alexander Rossi believes that 2016 could turn out to be a positive year for America's involvement in Formula 1, when Gene...

    F1
  6. Campos replaces Hilmer in GP3 line-up 12:09

    Campos replaces Hilmer in GP3 line-up

    Adrian Campos' eponymous team will replace Hilmer Motorsport in GP3 next season. Campos, whose outfit returned to GP2 in...

    GP3
  7. Toro Rosso on upwards trajectory – Tost 09:42

    Toro Rosso on upwards trajectory – Tost

    Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost believes that his squad is on an upwards curve after the outfit recovered from a...

    F1
  8. Nasr chooses 12 as race number 07:44

    Nasr chooses 12 as race number

    Felipe Nasr has confirmed that he will race with number 12 when he makes his Formula 1 debut with Sauber in 2015. Nasr,...

    F1
  9. Video of the Day: Mercedes duo design cars 05:04

    Video of the Day: Mercedes duo design cars

    Mercedes-Benz has celebrated winning both Formula 1 world titles with special models of the AMG SL 63, created by drivers...

    F1
  10. Thursday 18 December 2014

  11. 17:03

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  12. Ecclestone formally reappointed to F1 board 16:40

    Ecclestone formally reappointed to F1 board

    Bernie Ecclestone has been reappointed to the Formula 1 board and will continue as CEO of the Formula One Group, while Luca...

    F1
  13. New Sauber passes FIA crash tests 16:06

    New Sauber passes FIA crash tests

    Sauber has confirmed that its 2015 Formula 1 chassis, the C34, has passed the first stage of the FIA's mandatory crash...

    F1
  14. Horner: Newey will still attend some races 14:09

    Horner: Newey will still attend some races

    Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Adrian Newey will still attend a selection of Formula 1 races next season, even...

    F1
  15. Tech 1 signs Aurélien Panis for 2015 season 10:36

    Tech 1 signs Aurélien Panis for 2015 season

    Aurélien Panis, son of ex-Formula 1 driver Olivier, will graduate to Formula Renault 3.5 with the Tech 1 Racing squad next...

    FR 3.5
  16. Lotus approached Alonso over 2015 seat 09:23

    Lotus approached Alonso over 2015 seat

    Lotus owner Gérard Lopez has revealed that the team gave Fernando Alonso "a real option" to consider for the 2015 Formula 1...

    F1
  17. Video of the Day: Ferrari's Christmas lunch 05:09

    Video of the Day: Ferrari's Christmas lunch

    Ferrari recently hosted staff and representatives at its annual Gestione Sportiva Christmas Lunch.

    F1
  18. Wednesday 17 December 2014

  19. Ferrari tyre chief to leave at end of year 15:45

    Ferrari tyre chief to leave at end of year

    Ferrari tyre performance chief Hirohide Hamashima will leave the team at the end of the year, as the Scuderia continues to...

    F1
  20. Video: Carlos Sainz's title-winning season 13:49

    Video: Carlos Sainz's title-winning season

    Relive Carlos Sainz Jr.'s journey to the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 title. Next year, the Spaniard graduates to Formula 1 with...

    FR 3.5
  21. Watson takes on expanded Toro Rosso role 12:07

    Watson takes on expanded Toro Rosso role

    Newly-appointed Toro Rosso Team Manager Graham Watson will take on an expanded role following Sporting Director Steve...

    F1
  22. Wolff: Spa clash allowed Mercedes to clear air 09:56

    Wolff: Spa clash allowed Mercedes to clear air

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the clash between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix allowed him to...

    F1
  23. Video of the Day: Hamilton on his 'greatest year' 05:17

    Video of the Day: Hamilton on his 'greatest year'

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton reflects on "the greatest year of my life" after winning the 2014 Formula 1 world title and...

    F1
  24. Tuesday 16 December 2014

  25. Fry, Tombazis to leave Ferrari in reshuffle 18:48

    Fry, Tombazis to leave Ferrari in reshuffle

    Ferrari has announced that Pat Fry and Nikolas Tombazis are to leave the outfit as part of a major reshuffle under new team...

    F1
  26. Stolen Red Bull trophies recovered from lake 15:57

    Stolen Red Bull trophies recovered from lake

    A number of trophies stolen in a burglary at Red Bull's Formula 1 headquarters earlier this month have been recovered from a...

    F1
  27. Ferrari secures backing from América Móvil 15:37

    Ferrari secures backing from América Móvil

    Ferrari has secured a new sponsor in the form of Mexican telecommunications giant América Móvil. The company's arrival f...

    F1
  28. Di Montezemolo: Vettel the right choice for Ferrari 13:12

    Di Montezemolo: Vettel the right choice for Ferrari

    Former Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo says the team made "the right choice" by signing Sebastian Vettel as Fernando...

    F1
  29. Vergne 'very happy' with Formula E debut 12:36

    Vergne 'very happy' with Formula E debut

    Jean-Éric Vergne says he was "very happy" with his debut weekend in Formula E, despite losing a potential victory on the...

    FE
  30. Marussia F1 assets to be auctioned 09:31

    Marussia F1 assets to be auctioned

    The collapsed Marussia Formula 1 team's various assets will begin to be auctioned off by administrators on Tuesday, the...

    F1
  31. Video of the Day: Red Bull's 2014 season review 05:04

    Video of the Day: Red Bull's 2014 season review

    Red Bull Racing takes a look back at its 2014 Formula 1 campaign in the form of a Parallax video.

    F1
  32. Monday 15 December 2014

  33. Gutiérrez named Ferrari reserve driver 14:55

    Gutiérrez named Ferrari reserve driver

    Ferrari has signed Esteban Gutiérrez as its test and reserve driver for the 2015 campaign. Gutiérrez makes the switch a...

    F1
  34. Alguersuari says Formula 1 is 'a big GP2' 14:53

    Alguersuari says Formula 1 is 'a big GP2'

    Ex-Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari says Formula 1 is now less of a challenge for rookies, describing the top echelon as...

    F1
  35. Frijns officially parts ways with Caterham 11:47

    Frijns officially parts ways with Caterham

    Robin Frijns has officially split from the Caterham Formula 1 team, with his contract expiring on Monday. The Dutchman...

    F1
  36. Video: Race Of Champions highlights 11:02

    Video: Race Of Champions highlights

    Enjoy highlights of the 2014 Race Of Champions, won by ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard.

    Misc
  37. Nielsen joins Williams as Sporting Manager 09:11

    Nielsen joins Williams as Sporting Manager

    Williams has appointed Steve Nielsen to a new role of Sporting Manager with immediate effect. Nielsen's switch comes just...

    F1
  38. Button insists multi-year McLaren deal necessary 08:57

    Button insists multi-year McLaren deal necessary

    Jenson Button says that a multi-year deal with McLaren was necessary due to the nature of the squad's new project with...

    F1
  39. Video of the Day: McLaren unveils 2015 line-up 05:02

    Video of the Day: McLaren unveils 2015 line-up

    Go behind-the-scenes at McLaren's Technology Centre in Woking during last week's announcement of its 2015 driver line-up.

    F1
  40. Sunday 14 December 2014

  41. Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 22:28

    Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year

    World Champion Lewis Hamilton has added to his post-season accolades by winning the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of...

    F1
  42. 19:20

    Latest Photos: Race Of Champions 2014

    Misc
  43. Coulthard storms to Race Of Champions crown 19:18

    Coulthard storms to Race Of Champions crown

    Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard became the Champion Of Champions as he beat Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein...

    Misc
  44. Lorenzo takes class win in Abu Dhabi 15:46

    Lorenzo takes class win in Abu Dhabi

    Two-time MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo took a victory in the Gentlemen class at the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi,...

    Misc
  45. Fisichella completes F1 demo in Bologna 15:30

    Fisichella completes F1 demo in Bologna

    Former Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella has demonstrated one of the squad's machines at the Bologna Motor Show in...

    F1
  46. Video: Punta del Este ePrix highlights 13:05

    Video: Punta del Este ePrix highlights

    Watch highlights from the third round of the Formula E Championship at Punta del Este in Uruguay.

    FE
more news