May 24, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT
Marussia team principal John Booth is pleased with the start that his drivers have made to the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, but he has admitted that the rest day on Friday does give the team extra time to review the data collected and prepare for the sessions on Saturday and Sunday.
Unlike any other race, Monaco traditionally holds the first two free practice sessions on Thursday, allowing the teams to take Friday off whilst the support series run on the track. For the fans, it may cause some confusion, but Booth revealed that this gives the teams more time to understand the data collected in practice.
“Both drivers have had a clean start to their Monaco debut in an F1 car,” Booth said in a team statement. “The programme we set out was based around giving them plenty of laps for circuit familiarisation, along with some more detailed tyre evaluations in FP2.
“We’re reasonably happy with the performance and pace of the car but there is definitely work to do to improve their race pace on the tires.”
Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton finished towards the back of the grid in yesterday’s sessions, failing to beat closest-rivals Caterham in FP1. Regardless, Booth is pleased with the start that the team has made to the Monaco GP weekend, with Bianchi finishing ahead of both Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde in the second session.
“Fortunately we have the added advantage of an extra day to go through the information we have gathered today and at least we can be happy with the initial pace of the car.”
Marussia will be hoping to take advantage of the high rate of attrition that usually occurs during the Monaco Grand Prix and build upon their season-best result of 13th at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
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