Marussia drivers half a second slower than Alonso claims Symonds 16 July, 2013 Fernando Alonso with Pat Symonds during their Renault days Pat Symonds has admitted a top driver such as Fernando Alonso could add more than half a second per lap to the pace of backmarker Marussia’s 2013 car. The Briton, who was a leading technical figure during Alonso’s championship winning days at Renault, admitted Marussia’s rookie drivers are not the ideal solution. Asked what Marussia’s situation would be if Sebastian Vettel or Alonso were at the wheel, the team’s technical boss Symonds admitted: “Of course we would be closer.” “At Renault, we discussed at length Fernando’s contribution to the laptime,” he told Auto Motor und Sport, “because he is very expensive. But our feeling was that Fernando is worth half a second compared to a normal driver.” “Compared to our drivers, it’s perhaps a little more than that, simply because they lack experience. Our hands are tied,” Symonds concluded. “We need to have drivers who also bring money.” Marussia’s drivers are the Ferrari-linked Frenchman Jules Bianchi, and Max Chilton, the son of the insurance firm Aon’s millionaire chairman. (GMM) Tweet Related NewsMarussia preview Singapore Grand Prix weekendMarussia: Not the best weekend we have experiencedMarussia: A very disappointing dayMarussia: A promising start to the weekendItalian Grand Prix: Marussia preview MonzaMarussia: Not the result we were hoping forMarussia: We will be ready for any opportunitiesPay drivers queue up at Marussia and CaterhamRossi: I was quite disappointed, I wanted to raceMarussia: A positive first day back on track Symonds is a joke Pat Symonds, why he is one half of the team that set up the staged crash so the not so fast Alonso could win a race. Credibility is something Pat Symonds lacks. hahahaha The man who partly ruined Nelsinho’s career. Put Jules in the 2nd (equal!) car and after 2 seasons (maybe 1) he will match him, maybe drive circles around him photography tips I pay a quick visit day-to-day some sites and blogs to read articles or reviews, except this web site offers quality based content.