John Booth’s wish for improved reliability came true for the Marussia Virgin Racing team when the Dinnington-based Equipe brought home both cars in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, in Melbourne.
Team principal Booth commented, “First and foremost we have to be happy that we achieved our objective of a two-car finish. To move forward we have to maximise our track time and gather as much data as possible to feed back into the development programme and I am comfortable that we have been able to demonstrate such promising reliability”.
Not that the event was an easy one for lead driver, Timo Glock, as the German driver suffered engine failure on Saturday morning and replacing it means he now has only a further seven engines left to last him for the rest of the season.
His race was no better, as following his lap 18 pitstop, Glock suffered a loose front left wheel, and had to crawl back to the pits.
Here he lost five laps as the team struggled to repair the damage sustained to the drive pegs, before they could refit the wheel, for him to rejoin the race in 18th position at the very back of the field, where he finished.
Booth revealed, that Glock’s progress was then, ‘hampered as a consequence of the damage sustained to the car.’
Jérôme D’Ambrosio, making his Grand Prix debut, concentrated on staying out of trouble to make sure his MVR-02 reached the chequered flag, in 16th position. Praising his driver, Booth added: “Jérôme delivered a good debut race performance so he can feel very proud of what he has achieved.”