Marussia boss hits back at 2014 cash doubts 13 January, 2014 Graeme Lowdon Marussia has hit back at suggestions that it might be in poor financial health, with Lotus also slamming suggestions they do not have the funds in place for their forthcoming F1 World Championship campaign. The backmarker Anlglo-Russian team’s place on the newly-released official 2014 entry list was marked with a conditional asterisk. But in the hours following the release of the entry list, Marussia issued a press statement announcing that well-backed Briton Max Chilton is staying put for a second season. “Continuity is important for the team but also for me as a driver,” he was quoted. Reports that the Marussia ‘asterisk’ was a sign of uncertainty were also denied by team president Graeme Lowdon at the Autosport show in Birmingham. He also said that the intention is for the team’s 2014 car to make its test debut at Jerez late this month. “With our race driver lineup complete we can now focus all of our attention on our 2014 car and moving Marussia to the next level,” said team boss John Booth. (GMM) Subbed by AJN.