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Booth: Marussia can score F1 points again in 2014

Marussia team principal John Booth tells Crash.net he is setting a new target for the team to score more points this season
Marussia team principal John Booth says he is setting a new target for the team to score more points this season.

Jules Bianchi's ninth place in the Monaco Grand Prix gave Marussia the first points in its history to move the team up to ninth in the constructors' championship. Speaking exclusively to Crash.net, Booth said the result had made him revise the team's aims for the year as he fully believes it can be repeated at a future race.

Asked if the result changes his goals, Booth replied: “It does, definitely.

“We think that we can do it now. We think that we can perform at this level – maybe not at places like Canada, Monza and Spa might be quite difficult for us – but in Austria, Silverstone, Hungary we think we can repeat this level of performance there.”

And Booth also insisted that – while he was aware of the financial implications that can come with securing at least tenth in the constructors' championship – it was the impact on the team's morale which would be the biggest benefit.

“There's financial potential, but it gives us belief in what we're doing. We're a small band of people, we're 193 people in total – I think we're 130 less than any other team – and it gives us faith in the work we do and what we do.

“We brought some very small parts to the car in Barcelona, we started unlocking that potential in the test at Barcelona so we came here with a lot of hope. But when I say a few small parts, I mean a few small parts that cost a few thousand pounds; it's not a £100,000 upgrade, it's a few thousand pounds. So it gives us a lot of belief in what we're doing.”


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Yolotus

May 29, 2014 11:57 AM

Hopefully there will be 8+ Retirements in races to come ;) I do wish them well, but can't realistically see them up there again very soon. I reckon Singapore is there next best option. Hopefully the team and Jules can prove me wrong!



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