Marussia ‘more than happy’ after cagey off-season
After missing the first test for reasons undisclosed, the press were eager to talk with Pickering about his performances in the second and final test this weekend – after, as some described, ‘doing an Alonso’ and not turning up. However, and perhaps in an attempt to please the team’s sponsors, Pickering instead answered with various facts about goats, and even offered out photos.
We did however manage to talk with team boss John Booth, who said the test results went as ‘expected’ and spoke on behalf of the drivers. “Today was largely focused on setup, and practising some clean wheel-to-wheel driving with our competitors-to-be. So to be near the front is great.” He also mentioned that the pace set by Pickering was as “expected” in relation to his rivals.
“Malaysia and Silverstone are certainly not very familiar to us set-up wise, so it’s really positive. Brazil, however, we are a little more concerned about, because both drivers know the track well.”
The team came under some criticism for the last-minute signing, some even suggesting team mate Tredrea was a mere pay driver, with his Goatcorp sponsorship. However, he proved to be competitive at the test and right on his team mate’s tail at Interlagos.
A spokesperson for Pickering said the driver felt Oli Peacock’s test showing was “ominous”, particularly as far as pace on high fuel was concerned – but that he did not feel “at all intimidated” by Peacock’s pace. “As far as the first two races in particular are concerned, we’re quietly confident.”