Marussia targets early flyaway races

By on Friday, March 7, 2014
Marussia F1 Team

Marussia F1 Team

Marussia team principal John Booth believes that his squad can benefit from the potential high rate of attrition during the opening races of the 2014 season.

Booth's team have yet to score a point in their Formula 1 history but he is confident that the Ferrari-powered MR03 can move them up the grid.

"Although we did not meet our mileage target in pre-season testing, the positive work we did achieve, particularly last week in Bahrain, has been extremely valuable in terms of validating our calculations for the MR03 and finalising our specification for Melbourne," said Booth.

"We are in good shape, both in terms of the car and as a maturing racing operation, and we head to Australia with cautious optimism."

Booth warned against making predictions and believes Marussia must focus on improving the reliability of its MR03.

"The opening round in particular, but also the season per se, is such an unknown quantity that it would be futile to try to predict an outcome, so our focus will be solely on getting the most out of our package on its racing debut.

"We have had some positive indications for reliability, but the acid test will be our first full race, which is the primary target for next Sunday. The first few races are the ones where opportunity is likely to knock, so we will also be looking to ensure we are prepared for every eventuality."

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