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GP Week : Issue 201
One of the minnows is showing signs of solid progress. seemingly on top of Caterham, the next target is sauber. The swiss team , despite an update package, is still struggling for grip and the Marussians are coming. Jules Bianchi (right) is enjoying the progress: "It was a good race today in which we saw clear signs of our improvement. I was able to get ahead of my team-mate at the start, which was my first objective, and to stay ahead of the Caterhams which was the next. Our other objective was to take the fight to Sauber and while we were able to match their pace, the gap to them ahead was too great to be able to take a position from them. That time will come, I 'm sure and maybe a race like Monaco will give us a better opportunity.” Team principal John Booth reflected that otimism: “Overall a good race for the team today and one where it's great to be back looking forward to our next set of competitors, as opposed to the cars behind. “We planned for a two-stop strategy and after a good start by both cars Jules was away working to build the gap to the cars behind. Unfortunately Max got stuck behind Kobayashi in the first stint and in order to try to leapfrog him, we decided to try a three-stop race with Max. “In the end, Jules' t wo-stop strategy worked pret ty much as planned and his pace at the end of the race on the prime tyre was very good. It is clear however that we need a few more tenths for us to stay with the back of the midfield pack. “T hrough most of the weekend we have been identifying areas where we can see room for improvement and we are pleased that the test will provide us with the opportunity for both drivers to explore these set-ups and hopefully pull a few more tenths out of this package. This will make a huge difference going forwards.” Marussia: small steps 32 GPWEEK.com // 32 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SPAIN PARTNERS: