Manor encouraged by further progress

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015
Manor Marussia

Manor Marussia

Manor Marussia team principal John Booth says that the squad continues to make good progress after both Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi qualified for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Stevens posted a time of 1:42.091 to end the session in 19th position, with Merhi eight-tenths back in 20th.

The squad has not fielded two cars in a race since last year's Japanese Grand Prix but Booth is sure that the squad is now making a clear improvement.

"Today’s qualifying represents another good step for us, with both Will and Roberto posting times well within 107% and edging closer towards our real targets," he said.

"It has been a bonus for us to enjoy trouble-free sessions, enabling us to develop the set-up of the cars, extract more of the performance and translate this into a clear improvement in pace.

"Both drivers are doing an excellent job, pushing themselves hard at a time when they are effectively still learning. We’re looking forward to seeing them racing together tomorrow."

Stevens, who sat out the races in Australia and Malaysia, is eager to start his first race of the season on Sunday.

"It’s always good to feel progress being made and we’ve been making big strides from session to session here, he said.

"There’s still a long way to go but the progress over the past three weekends is clear for everyone to see. The trouble-free practice sessions have really helped us to find a rhythm that has enabled us to make the right set-up changes.

"The car felt good and I was pretty happy with my lap, so we go into tomorrow in a comfortable position. I’m eager for my first race distance in the car and plenty more data to help the team develop, so fingers crossed we can have a good race."

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