Marussia F1 boss John Booth believes the Banbury-based team is making 'clear strides' this season.

Although Charles Pic and Timo Glock again finished right at the back in Hungary, and ahead of only the HRT of Pedro de la Rosa, Booth was encouraged by the form of Pic and was delighted to see the rookie trading times with the Caterham of Vitaly Petrov. He is now hopeful they can 'reap even more' in the second half of the season, beginning in Belgium following the summer break.

"First of all I would like to congratulate the whole team on the clear strides we have made so far this season which, based on today's performance, are clearly evident," Booth said after the eleventh round in the F1 2012 World Championship.

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"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.

"With another very impressive drive today, Charles has shown just how far we have come, as he was in touch with - and occasionally quicker - than Petrov for a large part of the race. By contrast, Timo had another tough time and has not yet been able to benefit from the clear progress we are making with the package.

"A long break is just what the sport needs right now and we'll go back to the UK, spend the week preparing for the long haul races in the not too distant future and then literally down tools for a couple of weeks to enjoy a well-earned holiday.

"It has been a challenging first seven months of the year and the whole team are to be congratulated for responding so well.

"I have every confidence that when we return to Spa in one month's time, both drivers will be able to reap even more from the current package and the developments we will bring for Monza."

Pic meanwhile was also upbeat following the Hungarian Grand Prix, and not only did he out-qualify his more experienced team-mate, but he also finished ahead of the German in the race too.

"I am very happy to end the first half of my first season in this way and to be achieving the targets I set for myself," Pic said. "The race didn't begin so well, as I had a poor start again, so we must look at that and solve it for Spa and beyond as it is another factor that can help us progress in the race. After that, the race pace was very good though, and I am happy that our performance relative to the Caterhams is now much clearer to see, particularly as I had a nice and close battle with [Vitaly] Petrov.

"Now we go into a long break when I will have the chance to reflect on the season so far and look at what we can do for the next half of the season. I would like to thank not just my engineers and car crew but the whole team for a very happy start to my F1 debut.

"It has not been easy for the team but we are making real progress. I wish everyone a good rest for the holidays and look forward to coming back fighting at the Belgian Grand Prix."