First points for these battling backmarkers
Congratulations to John Booth and his Marussia team. They’ve barely had chance to come up for air this past six months, and they thoroughly deserve the points they scored in the (somewhat chaotic) Monaco Grand Prix.
Personally, I find it hard to imagine what the pressure must be like for them: is the cashflow secure? How are we going to pay the sub-contractors in the meantime? Will the staff go with the ow? He’s tough, though, is John Booth – and he’s not one for just sitting behind a desk.
Part of the programme is underwritten by Max Chilton’s investment fund – so credit to them, too, for sticking with it. And given the circumstances, I think Max has driven well: he hasn’t been disgraced by Jules Bianchi in qualifying and he seems to have a decent racing brain.
Bianchi is managed by Nicolas Todt, which is a big asset, leading to such bonuses as Ferrari test drives when Kimi doesn’t feel like performing but, to me, Bianchi still looks a bit like Jean-Eric Vergne in year one – as distinct from the future Fernando Alonso that some of his fans proclaim him to be. He’s all pace and reflexes, in other words, but not huge on finesse. Vergne has evolved, however, so let’s see how it goes with Jules.
There’s no doubt that a huge influx of dollars would make a massive difference at Marussia. Some teams, you know, would squander such a windfall. Marussia, I think, would maximise it.