Discussion in 'Teams' started by FB, Jul 27, 2011.
The same thought had crossed my mind
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The "Test Driver" role has been resigned to little more than the "What can you bring to the table (outside of actually driving)" role.
Please do not consider this a criticism of Villota, but of Marussia for allowing her to be in that position.
No mention of the Maria de Villota accident which surprises me slightly but overall Pat Symonds seems very positive about Marussia's progress this season. He states their wind tunnel updates didn't come in until Silverstone and that the car is much improved since then - which seems odd as its since Silverstone they seem to have started to be out qualified by the HRTs - but is still lacking on high speed circuits which doesn't bode well for the next weekend.
I think the most important thing mentioned in this interview is that they will def be using KERS next year. Williams KERS as a matter of fact. I think this will leap them up a little. Whether it'll be enough to put them level with Caterham I guess we'll have to see
EDIT: Having just gone and checked for something else I've noticed they haven't been out qualified by HRT since Silverstone! I doth my cap to Marussia in apology
Although they change their second driver a lot they do seem to get closer to Glock every year!
I'm pretty positive Max Chilton will end up in an F1 seat at somepoint over the next couple of seasons because he's got good financial backing and has shown a reasonable amount of skill(this season anyways). So thats one Brit to look out for I guess.
MCLS about it being a poisioned chalice however I can see why its an attractive prospect for a young driver wanting to break into F1. Basicaly its all about Timo Glock. He's a known quantity amongst the teams so basicaly if a young driver was to come in and out perform Timo all year he'd have built a pretty solid rep to negociate a move up the grid. I mean look what happened when Pic beat Timo a couple of races in a row, he was suddenly linked with the Sauber drive.
So if you were a young driver and you thought all you had to do was beat Timo Glock to secure a future in F1 I think you'd probably snatch at it.
RasputinLives, although it's more of a gamble, if it goes really well, you're sorted, if it doesn't (like Di Grassi) you're out in the cold. As they say, a seat is better than no seat, although Marussia really do need to start showing signs of improvement pretty sharpish
Now Marussia have made the transition from the pure CFD approach they appear to be making steady progress and were on the pace of the Caterhams all weekend at Singapore. Next year they have KERS coming, they have the new systems in place for development whereas everything was in turmoil at the end of last year, they should have more money and Pat Symonds can take a more central role in the team. Dare I say that they could establish a clear lead over Caterham in 2013? They certainly have more potential for improvement.
Been very critical of Marussia in the past but have to say they've made real progress this season and deserve their tenth. Maybe with KERS next uear and a decent engine package the year after they can start to cling on to the midfield.
I'd be interested to see how much Timo Glock becomes an ace up the sleeve for them if they do get anywhere near the back of Toro Rosso coz he does seem to come alive when the car is good as we saw in Singapore. You do wonder if the management are that confident whether tgey should ditch the Max Chilton idea and go for Kobi instead.
I'm not so sure that Marussia will overtake Caterham next year, but I certainly expect them to close the gap at least. There aren't any obvious areas where Caterham can find big gains for 2013, they've had a pretty stable time compared to the other new teams, whereas Marussia have a lot of scope for improvement having now made the transition to using the wind tunnel and with the introduction of KERS.
I was pretty disappointed that they missed out on 10th, even though Caterham were quicker than them this year I think it would have been more interesting to see what Marussia could have done with the money.
my thread on Max Chilton
Glock seems to realise now his career aint going anywhere fast now and losing a bit of motivation.
As for the second driver given the team's situation they need drivers with sponsors having started up as a team on small budget
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