• Malaysian Grand Prix - Marussia preview

'We are under no illusions'

ESPNF1 Staff
March 21, 2012
Timo Glock sees the Malaysian Grand Prix as an opportunity to gather more data for the MR01 © Getty Images
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Timo Glock

"Malaysia provides another good opportunity for us to learn about the car in these early days for us. Sepang is a completely new track layout which will give us the chance to see how good the car is in the high speed corners. This is one of the hardest races for the team and the car as it is one of the hottest and most humid on the calendar. It will be a tough test for all of us, but from a development point of view it is very good that the second race follows so quickly because we can then head home with a mountain of data to work with during the three-week break before China. It will be a very busy time for the engineers as they are also still learning about the car, but we need to keep pushing now to keep the pace."

Charles Pic

"I flew straight to Kuala Lumpur after the race on Sunday. I was happy with how things had gone in my first race but there is no time to think about that as we have so much work to do to look ahead for the rest of the season. I learned so much about the new car in such a short space of time and I want to maintain the momentum, so it's good that I don't have to wait two weeks to get back in the car. I know this can be a tough race but I'm ready for it and arriving early means I started acclimatising straight away. We will be in a much better position with the car this weekend as we understand more about it."

John Booth

"The team and the car faced a tough test in Australia last weekend and both passed with flying colours. However we are under no illusions that we'll have to work very hard to ensure that things continue to go our way this season. Our mileage last weekend enabled us to gather plenty of data which has been carefully evaluated over the last few days back at our operational base in Banbury. This will enable us to pinpoint any underlying issues that fortunately did not surface in Melbourne. Every new car has its gremlins so we want to get to those as quickly as we can as last year one of our key strengths was our reliability. Once you have a good mechanical baseline - which we have - and a reliable car, that's when you can really start to turn your mind towards development - and we have plenty of that to focus on. There won't be any significant changes to the car for this weekend, given the tight turnaround, but we'll be able to look at optimising the set-up for this circuit. It's a tough race for team and driver given the fierce heat and humidity, although the absence of a long lead-up to the weekend means there will be less time to think about it. No doubt both drivers will be thankful that they put in the hard training miles over the winter when the race is run on Sunday! As for our expectations, it would be nice to have as seamless a progression through the weekend as we had last time, but we'll have to see how well the MR01 copes with the challenge of Sepang."