Symonds hopes Marussia will challenge Caterham in 2013

Pat Symonds (GBR). Autosport International Show, NEC, Birmingham, England, Day Two, Friday 14 January 2011.

Pat Symonds

Pat Symonds is confident that Marussia can finally compete head-to-head with Caterham in 2013.

Since F1’s small new teams arrived in 2010, Caterham has consistently been the best, finishing in the lucrative tenth spot in the championship at every attempt.

Former Renault technical chief Symonds, however – who is now back in F1 full-time after the 2009 ‘crashgate’ scandal – is confident that he is presiding over a competitive project for the coming season.

“We hope to do a respectable job this year,” he told Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper correspondent Livio Oricchio.

“Even without KERS, we beat Caterham on several occasions in 2012 and now for the first time we have a long development programme planned.

“We have also designed our car completely in the wind tunnel for the first time,” Symonds insisted.

“We have KERS now, so it’s a realistic goal to stay ahead of [Caterham] this year.”

Racing one of Marussia’s 2013 cars – to be unveiled at Jerez on Tuesday – will be Briton Max Chilton, while reports say that the other cockpit has been secured by Brazilian Luiz Razia.

Team official Graeme Lowdon told Oricchio that 23-year-old rookie Razia has not been signed, but another voice from inside Marussia on Monday said that the Brazilian was due to arrive at Jerez in the evening.

Symonds is hoping the MR02 is born well.

“Our pilots are completely inexperienced, so if many changes are needed,” he said, “it will be a problem.

“If it’s born well, everything will be easier for everyone.”

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  • Grosser

    I hope that Marussia easily overtake Katerhem, and will fight with Toro Rosso!

  • Grosser

    Caterham too… :)

  • Araqiel

    I wonder what the hold-up with signing and officially announcing Razia is when he’s claiming it’s a done deal and team personnel are talking to the Brazilian media… Maybe just that they haven’t met in person to sign a contract, or maybe he’s hedging his bets on the Force India seat along with every other currently unemployed driver with half a chance.