Booth insists Manor are ‘better prepared’ as European season begins

John Booth insists the Manor F1 Team are now fully staffed, with new staff members beginning in three key areas this weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain.

Up-to-know, those positions had been covered by others, but Manor’s Team Principal now believes the team, which is running Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi, should be in a much stronger position than at any other time this season.

“We were pretty much operational by Malaysia,” said Booth to “But we were three people down in quite critical roles in the garage, and those three people are starting in Barcelona. So we will be a little bit better prepared.

“A racing environment is never quite right to get your heard round things, and it’s always good to sit down with the guys back at the factory.”

Booth is also happy to see that the modified 2014-Marussia is about on par on the pace of last years car even if they are lacking some of the downforce due to those modifications, which were necessary for the car to be deemed legal.

“We’re quite pleased with where we are,” insisted Booth. “The car seems to be performing equal to last year, even with the low nose, which should theoretically cost a bit of downforce.”