Formula 1: Marussia boss Graeme Lowdon backs rule changes

Marussia boss cautious on team progress

Marussia F1 president Graeme Lowdon is hopeful the 2014 rule changes will see a return to "competitive racing".

A have come in, including a change in the points and penalty systems, and the introduction of 1.6-litre turbo-charged engines.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won 2013's final nine races to claim his fourth successive world championship title.

"People don't want to know the winner before the season's started, they want some competitive racing," said Lowdon.

"Hopefully the new rules will drive some parity onto the grid and prevent the stretching out we've seen over recent years.

"It's not been good for the sport. People love that Grands Prix have a unique atmosphere, but equally, the unpredictability is what excites fans."

This year, Marussia have after he became the first man to finish every race of his rookie season.

Once again he will partner Frenchman Jules Bianchi.

It will be Corbridge-born Lowdon's sixth season in Formula One, having originally entered a team branded as Virgin Racing in 2009.

In 77 races, he has yet to see one of his drivers win a point.

"Scoring points is very difficult now because F1 has become so reliable," he explained to BBC Look North.

"When Sauber joined [in 1993] they scored two points in their first race. But they were two laps behind the winner and only seven of 26 cars finished the race."

for the first time this week, alongside most of their Formula 1 rivals in Jerez, Spain.

"I'm definitely not going to make any predictions for the season now," said Lowdon.

"I've seen far too many people do that and get it wrong. I think that the time to set some objectives for the season will be after qualifying in Melbourne [the opening race of the season].

"I think there'll be a huge amount of interest up and down the pit lane to see how everyone gets on with all the changes."

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