Marussia team boss John Booth says the Anglo-Russian squad is fully focused on retaining tenth place in the championship standings as the F1 season prepares to resume this weekend in Belgium.
A superior finishing record sees Marussia sit ahead of rivals Caterham in the championship standings going into the Spa weekend, with the team now aiming to try and maintain that position for the remainder of the campaign.
In an effort to stay ahead, Marussia is set to introduce new parts for the penultimate European race of the year and Booth said the focus of his team was on ensuring that Caterham aren't able to get ahead during the remainder of the season.
“With only two European rounds remaining, the long haul run will be quite demanding, so the chance for some much-need respite has been key for everyone,” he said. “We also head into the second part of the season still holding tenth place in the Constructors' Championship and we are keenly focused on what we need to do at every turn to ensure we maintain that position.
“The challenge begins again this weekend in Spa at what is a favourite destination for our Team and the fans. There we will have some new suspension parts and brakes to evaluate and, as ever, consistent progress during the course of the weekend and a two-car finish ahead of our nearest competitors are the target outcomes.”
Both Jules Bianchi
and Max Chilton
will be eager to impress as they tackle Spa for the first in F1, with Bianchi admitting it would be a 'special' experience.
“I am very much looking forward to Spa this weekend and also to the second half of the season, which is very important for us as we have to give it 100 per cent to ensure we achieve our objectives,” he said. “Over the break I have had the chance to reflect on my debut season so far, think about how I can bring all of that experience together to make me stronger and also focus very hard on my physical condition so that I can perform at my best through the run of long-haul races coming up. It will be good to race at Spa again as it is a fantastic track and it will be very special to get my first taste of it in an F1 car.”