Bianchi started the race from last on the grid but managed to climb up to eighth, thanks to a brilliant drive from the Frenchman and several retirements, by the chequered flag.
A five second time penalty dropped him behind the Lotus of Romain Grosjean in the results, but ninth place still scored Marussia its first top 10 finish. Booth believes the Banbury-based outfit can repeat the performance at future races.
“We think that we can do it now,” he said when asked by Crash.net if the result changes the team’s goals. “We think that we can do it now.
“We think that we can perform at this level – maybe not at places like Canada, Monza and Spa might be quite difficult for us – but in Austria, Silverstone, Hungary we think we can repeat this level of performance there.”
The breakthrough result has now promoted Marussia to ninth in the constructors’ standings, moving ahead of Sauber. Despite the obvious financial boost, Booth thinks the biggest benefit will be the impact on the team’s morale.
“There’s financial potential, but it gives us belief in what we’re doing, he said. “We’re a small band of people, we’re 193 people in total – I think we’re 130 less than any other team – and it gives us faith in the work we do and what we do.”
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