Marussia’s O’Neill wants reliability

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MARUSSIA Virgin Racing team manager Dave O’Neill has told The Star the fledgling Formula One outfit are confident over resolving their reliability issues when the 2011 season gets underway in Bahrain next month.

The Dinnington-based team were dogged by hydraulic problems last term and, in the early part of the campaign, had a small fuel tank which could not get them to the end of races.

Drivers Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi finished just 20 times from 36 starts, a percentage of 55.6 per cent. Marussia’s best results on the grid were two 14th placed finishes, di Grasi in Malaysia and Glock in Japan.

O’Neill says he wants Glock and Jerome d’Ambrosio, who has replaced di Grassi, to cross the chequered flag on a consistent basis this year.

The Marussia boss is also adamant the MRV-02 model, which Marussia launched in the second pre-season test in Jerez last week, enhances the teams prospects of featuring in the top 10 shake up.

O’Neill, who confirmed Marussia’s new state of the art research and development facility will be created in their Dinnington headquarters by May, said: “We need the car to be reliable.

“Hopefully it will go round and round a lot more because then we will be able to develop it. We want the cars to finish the races consistently. Once we start to do that, we can then fight for positions.

“Everyone is confident now because we have the structure in place.”