Button tipping Marussia to be competitive in 2014 4 March, 2014 Jenson Button McLaern driver Jenson Button has tipped usual Formula 1 backmarker Marussia to take a big step forwards in 2014. Yet to score a single point in its Marussia or Virgin guises since 2010, the team did finally beat rival Caterham to the coveted tenth place in the F1 Constructors’ Championship last year. In pre-season testing ahead of the 2014 season, Marussia’s new MR03 – equpped with a Ferrari ‘power unit’ for the first time – looks considerably quicker than Caterham’s struggling Renault-powered machine. McLaren driver Button is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace: “It’s interesting to see how some teams have improved their cars suddenly. “There are several teams that are strong at the moment,” he added. “Even Marussia – their car is much better than last year. “I think people will be surprised at how they are actually competitive,” said Button. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsPay drivers queue up at Marussia and CaterhamRossi: I was quite disappointed, I wanted to raceMarussia: Chilton will race at Spa, Rossi won’tRossi gets Marussia reserve roleTime running out for Leimer Marussia’s chancePerez and Chilton penalised for triggering crashesAlonso: Bianchi will have a good careerBianchi: It felt like a victory to meBianchi gets gearbox penaltyLeimer may be set for Marussia Friday role =El Presidente= Would love to see the Marussia compete for higher spots on the grid! From the start you see progression there ,even despite some real major setbacks. And last year, they were at matching speed with CTH, while Marussia was running a Cosworth engine, compared to a much, much faster Renault engine in the tub of the CTH. So last year i was already arguing that Marussia had a better car than CTH. (imagine how humiliated CTH would have been last year, if Marussia had Renault-power instead of the sluggish and way below par Ford-engine) Hugo Lafreniere Seeing as they ran times faster then the MP4/29 in Bahrain, this brings the question : is Marussia more competitive, or does the McLaren suck even more than we thought possible?