“I applauded the FIA in that they anticipated the problem and I think they took a very pragmatic approach to it. The whole thing of recovering energy from heat as well as kinetic energy is a great idea and something we really will lead on and develop a lot of new stuff - but the engines are going to be expensive.
“We're going from one extreme to another. [Renault-powered] Caterham are probably paying a lot more for their engine and KERS than we are and still have to take a hike up for the 2014 engines. But, for us, it's a very significant fraction of our budget.”
Symonds is also frustrated by the fact that Marussia's most promising car to date, the current MR02 – will be abandoned in favour of preparation for 2014.
"The workload [is] immense for the big teams and even harder for us - and, like it or not, we've got to finish development work on the MR02 in a few weeks' time,” he confirmed, “We just haven't enough people to leave the design of the  car late. And it's a very difficult design problem, so unlike the current car, so there are so many areas we have to do fundamental research on.
"At the moment, I'd say the last bits we'll really bring to the  car will be around Silverstone time. The big teams will be developing later, but that's aerodynamically: I am hoping we have a few little tricks up our sleeve later in the year, which are some of the bits we could carry through to 2014."