Marussia intend to build on their encouraging start to the season by introducing some new parts at the Chinese Grand Prix.
“The cars were freighted directly to China, so while we would not call the upgrades we have for this race comprehensive, they are still significant,” explained team principal John Booth
“We will be running some new suspension parts that we proved out in testing but delayed until we had some further race distance experience with the MR02. We also have some new front and rear brake ducts.”
Booth added they have more in the pipeline for the near future: “The bigger push will come for Europe, but for now it’s good to be bringing new incremental updates to the car to maintain our positive trajectory. The drivers have spent some time in the simulator during the break and generally they are feeling much better prepared for the next phase of the season.”
Jules Bianchi qualified two-tenths of a second behind the Williams of Valtteri Bottas in Sepang and was half a second off reaching Q2.
Unlike Max Chilton, Bianchi has driven at Shanghai before, but hasn’t covered many more laps than has team mate:
“I have a little experience of the Shanghai International Circuit having completed eight laps there in free practice last year,” said Bianchi. “Plus I spent some time on the simulator in the break.”
“The target for this race is to keep closing on the guys ahead and be challenging them consistently, lap for lap.”
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