Booth targets more Marussia points

By on Friday, May 30, 2014
Marussia F1 Team

Marussia F1 Team

Marussia team principal John Booth believes that his squad can fight for more top 10 finishes in 2014.

Jules Bianchi finished in ninth place at last weekend's Monaco Grand Prix to record the team's first points in over four years of Formula 1 competition.

But Booth says that his team must now continue on their trajectory and not accept Monaco as the high point of their year.

"We think that we can do it now," Booth told "We think that we can perform at this level – maybe not at places like Canada, Monza and Spa might be quite difficult for us – but in Austria, Silverstone, Hungary we think we can repeat this level of performance there."

Bianchi's result elevated Marussia to a potentially financially lucrative ninth place in the Constructors' championship, but Booth reckons that the impact on the morale of his team is also important.

"There's financial potential, but it gives us belief in what we're doing," he said.

"We're a small band of people, we're 193 people in total – I think we're 130 less than any other team – and it gives us faith in the work we do and what we do.

"We brought some very small parts to the car in Barcelona, we started unlocking that potential in the test at Barcelona so we came here with a lot of hope. But when I say a few small parts, I mean a few small parts that cost a few thousand pounds; it's not a £100,000 upgrade, it's a few thousand pounds. So it gives us a lot of belief in what we're doing."

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