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Booth targets Marussia recovery after poor Canadian GP

ESPN Staff
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Charles Pic finished the Canadian Grand Prix two laps down on Vitaly Petrov and three laps behind race winner Lewis Hamilton © Sutton Images
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Marussia team principal John Booth wants the team to improve in Valencia after admitting it "took a step back in Canada".

While Marussia has made steady progress throughout the season so far, in Montreal Pedro de la Rosa's HRT outqualified Timo Glock by half a second. De la Rosa maintained position ahead of both Marussias until a brake failure forced his retirement, but Glock also retired leaving Charles Pic to come home last of the 20 finishers - two laps adrift of the next car.

Booth said that he is looking forward to the return to Europe and is hoping Marussia can make back some of the performance lost in Canada.

"It's good to be back in Europe and to be embarking on the next batch of important races," Booth said. "Two of these are 'home' Grands Prix - Silverstone for the team and Hockenheim for Timo - and generally we are working hard to improve our performance level before the official summer break creates a natural hiatus for all of the teams.

"We took a step back in Canada, where our low downforce package was not working well for us. Having spent a great deal of time poring over the data from Montreal, we are hopeful that we can regain some of that ground in Valencia this weekend, starting with an improvement in our qualifying performance in respect to our race pace, in order to improve our prospects on race day."

Booth added that he expects both drivers to be able to deliver if given a competitive car in Valencia.

"This is by no means a straightforward race. The combination of the requirement for good braking stability and traction, coupled with the higher temperatures we typically experience and the significant level of track evolution over the course of the weekend all present an interesting but tough challenge. Both drivers have performed well in Valencia in the past and seem to have the measure of the track, so we hope they will be able to reap some of the benefits of that experience this weekend."