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Marussia confident of 2013 breakthrough

The Banbury (UK) based team have made small steps this season, but are confident that they can make big leaps forward in 2013.
Thursday, November 15, 2012

November 15th, 2012 (F1plus / Jack Leslie).- Marussia's sporting director Graeme Lowdon has said that the team are poised for a breakthrough 2013 season, after describing the Banbury based squad as "on a roll".

The team currently lie 10th in the constructors standings, and if they can stay there it will mean more money for their higher finishing position, a very important variable for a "newer" team.

They have consistently edged close to Caterham, who despite currently sitting in 11th place in the constructors still have the quicker car. They were leapfrogged by Marussia after Timo Glock's 12th place in Singapore, a race with a high retirement rate.

After a bad start to the year, the car failed the crash tests, they soon got in to the swing of things. By the midseason break they had closed the gap on Caterham and they now stand just a few tenths off them.

Marussia will have the added benefit of KERS for 2013, as well as the extra capital coming in to the team if they can hold on to 10th in the constructors.

Lowdon reckons they are set for a good 2013. "The whole team both at Banbury and the track have worked so hard under very, very difficult circumstances [in 2012]," he said to Autosport.

"No testing, everyone knows our budget is way, way less [than most rivals'], but I think we're on a development roll and everyone's more excited about the 2013 prospects. The tech regs are staying similar-ish. We're bolting KERS on, we know how many tenths it's going to bring.

"The aero work looks really good for next year's car as well and everyone's really excited about where the team's going."

However Lowdon has admitted that he worries about the team keeping 10th. Caterham have KERS and the added theme of chaos at Brazil could put their constructors position in jeopardy.

"The assumption was that Brazil would be the joker that could throw anything up," said Lowdon.

"It's a massive advantage having KERS in Brazil because you're at altitude. So we know they'll have a straightforward advantage in horsepower and plenty of chances to use it."

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