August 21st, 2013 (F1plus).- After a much needed summer break, Marussia are ready and raring to go and are aiming for both of their cars to finish ahead of their main rivals Caterham at the Belgian Grand Prix.
The Banbury based team went into the summer break 10th in the Constructors Championship, which they need to hang on to if they want to receive prize money at the end of the season.
Ahead of this weekend’s race Team Principal John Booth said “We also head into the second part of the season still holding 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship and we are keenly focused on what we need to do at every turn to ensure we maintain that position.”
“Consistent progress during the course of the weekend and a two-car finish ahead of our nearest competitors are the target outcomes.” Booth said.
Both Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton have experienced Spa in previous championships and are eager to try out Spa in a Formula One car.
“It will be good to race at Spa again as it is a fantastic track and it will be very special to get my first taste of it in an F1 car” Bianchi said.
As well as a rested and well-prepared team, Marussia are bringing some updates to Spa in the form of new suspension parts and brakes.
On the other hand, inmediate competitor Caterham seems to be throwing the towel as focus centers in 2014.
"We're definitely not going to bring any updates any more because the focus is just for next year," van der Garde said.
"I think the gap to the next cars is just a bit too big.
"So I think it will still be a fight with my team-mate, maybe at some places Marussia can be closer and maybe we can be closer to the Williams or whoever it is in front." The Dutch driver added.