Marussia team boss John Booth says he is hoping that his team can recover from a disappointing Canadian Grand Prix when F1 returns to Europe this weekend in Valencia.
The team endured a tough weekend in Montreal where Timo Glock and Charles Pic were outqualified by HRT's Pedro de la Rosa, while the pair then ran behind the Spaniard in the race before he was forced out by brake issues.
Glock then failed to finish the race himself while Pic was the last man in home in 20th, with Booth insisting that Marussia is now eager to try and regain its form as the team returns to European shores.
“It's good to be back in Europe and to be embarking on the next batch of important races,” he said. “Two of these are 'home' Grands Prix - Silverstone for the team and Hockenheim for Timo - and generally we are working hard to improve our performance level before the official summer break creates a natural hiatus for all of the teams.
“We took a step back in Canada, where our low downforce package was not working well for us. Having spent a great deal of time poring over the data from Montreal, we are hopeful that we can regain some of that ground in Valencia this weekend, starting with an improvement in our qualifying performance in respect to our race pace, in order to improve our prospects on race day.
“This is by no means a straightforward race. The combination of the requirement for good braking stability and traction, coupled with the higher temperatures we typically experience and the significant level of track evolution over the course of the weekend all present an interesting but tough challenge. Both drivers have performed well in Valencia in the past and seem to have the measure of the track, so we hope they will be able to reap some of the benefits of that experience this weekend.”