Booth hopes Virgin pass Chinese test

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JOHN Booth, Marussia Virgin Racing’s team principal and director of racing, is confident his drivers will rise to the occasion in Shanghai.

In the third and final fly-away race before the start of the European season, the Dinnington-based team are looking to bring two c ars home for the first time in 2011 at the Chinese grand prix.

Booth, who has confirmed the team will make their first major car upgrade in Turkey next month, said: “This circuit is all about high-speed straights and a real variety of turns, making it a demanding track for the drivers.

“Turns one, two and three are very tight and seem never-ending. The back straight is so long that it even gives the driver time to adjust the settings on the car. It’s also usually quite windy at this part of the track, and this affects the downforce, as it can make the car unstable in the corners at the beginning and the end of the long straight if the wind direction is unpredictable.”

Booth has stressed to the team to keep pushing themselves “operationally and strategically” and added: “This is the first back-to-back race of the season and there are only seven days between the two races, so a tough challenge for the team logistically, but one which I am sure we will easily rise to.”