F1 » Marussia making 'clear strides'

John Booth: Whilst we have occupied similar race placings for much of the season, we have slowly but surely been eating into the gap to Caterham, pulled further away from HRT behind and, bigger picture, reduced the margin to the front running teams

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oldtimer - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 4:54 PM

Clearly your lead driver does not agree with you and you are still at the back of the field so any gains that have been made have been cancelled out by the more rapid development of the better financed teams. The reality for teams like Murussia and HRT is that they are just making up the numbers until the change in engine regulations when hopefully some well financed new teams will come forward. They simply do not have the money to progress and with testing banned they have little or no hope of ever progressing.

rjbetty - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 10:47 PM

It's a really tough task for these teams. Like Eddie Irvine said to Toyota, it's like pushing water uphill. I think they've just done really well to start up a team, establish it, and keep it going consistently, without looking like they're going to drop out of F1 anytime soon. I believe in all the new teams and they just need experience and to build up their strength and depth gradually.

Marussia and HRT remind me of Simtek and Pacific, and while I think Marussia's performance has been the same as Simtek, they show much more potential to me. HRT are way better than Pacific ever were and both teams have done well to outlast them.

saffa - Unregistered

August 01, 2012 10:25 AM

as much as these teams say they are progressing we see them neva catching up in year 3. The problem is they are in formula one through politics and still surviving because of politics. Marussia ane HRT can still argue that they both going through restructures or new ventures. Caterham doesn't have such issue ane still not making much progress. This has become the feared second league on the grid. Well done Bernie, who needs GP2.

Flash27 - Unregistered

August 01, 2012 11:01 AM

There is always going to be teams at the back...

I like the way marussia etc have gone about there business. Setting up the whole vast Infrastructure that is a F1 team and having a solid base whilst not over extending themselves into unrealistic goals, living of false promises and realising where they are at in the moment.

They have done this whilst not being left behind, the gap has been constant to the front and is gradually getting smaller as these team learn.

All done with a not great but cheaper cosworth engine and no kers unlike caterham who have last years renault engine and kers!

I think with kers and a engine that is on par with the other teams marussia and hrt would actually be a lot closer to the mid field and ahead of caterham!!

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