Saturday, July 26, 2014

1 Racing Mind 2014 Formula 1 Mid-Season Report: Marussia F1 Team

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Marussia F1 Team

Team Score: C

Jules Bianchi: B-
Max Chilton: C

One of two teams still operating since Formula 1 attempted to pave the way new, lower cost entrants into the sport, Marussia ended last season in need of a new powerplant. Making a deal to run Ferrari engines, the race team remained at the lower part of the starting grid but began showing improved race pace than in previous seasons. Cracking into the top-10 at Monaco with a ninth place finish, there is high hopes that the feat will be repeated.
Retaining their 2013 driver roster, Marussia F1 Team has enjoyed some meager success with Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton. Bianchi has clearly become the star of the team by driving his Marussia-Ferrari to the points-scoring position in Monaco. However, despite the majot triumph, Jules Bianchi is also one of the most penalized 2014 Formula 1 racer after 10 events. Still looking for his first career Formula 1 championship point, sophomore driver Max Chilton has been recorded running in all-but one grand prix event. In most 2014 races, Chilton actually finished ahead of Bianchi.
Ingredients for Second-Half of 2014: Since claiming the ninth place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix, Marussia has fallen back into their position near the bottom of the grid. Qualifying also continues to be a struggle for the team. Now that Marussia has captured Formula 1 race points, they need to realize it is no longer acceptable to simply beat their long-running rival Caterham. It may be time for Marussia set itself up to regularly compete against Toro Rosso and Force India.

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