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 NewsTodt: Let’s wait for Bianchi crash findings before judgingFIA requests Bianchi crash information from teamsMarussia: Shocked and angered by these allegationsEmotions still high as Bianchi fights for his lifeMarussia: We need to defend what Jules gave to usRossi set to substitute for Bianchi in AustinMarussia to race with only one car at Russian GPWho is FOM protecting by withholding Bianchi video?Rossi waits but Marussia may field one car in RussiaMarussia withdraw team from GP3 Series 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.