Booth feels Marussia drivers can close gap

MARUSSIA F1 team boss John Booth says this weekend’s USA Grand Prix will give the Banbury outfit another chance to close the gap with Caterham.

The FIA Formula 1 World Championship returns ‘stateside’ for the first time since 2007 at a brand new racetrack – The Circuit of The Americas – in Austin, Texas, and the Banbury team boss said: “The ‘unknown quantity’ factor will be very exciting for us, as no-one will have the advantage at the start of FP1 on Friday.

“So it will be all about how good a job we all do from there onwards.

“The race in Abu Dhabi had us on the edge of our pitwall seats at various points, as it reminded us that to hold on to tenth in the Constructors’ Championship, we cannot control what happens further up the field, ahead of our own private duel with Caterham.

“We have to continue closing that gap and find the momentum to get ahead of them on track.

“We’ve come very close in recent races, despite their KERS-advantage, and we’ll remain in dogged pursuit of this objective right up until the chequered flag in Brazil.”

Timo Glock, who came 14th in Abu Dhabi, said: “It’s a new track for all the teams and already it looks awesome on the simulations we have experienced and the images we’ve seen. I’m really looking forward to it.”