Marussia to miss last pre-season test after crash test failure

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Timo Glock, Virgin, Barcelona, 2012

Timo Glock drove the MVR-02 on Barcelona

Marussia have announced they will not run their new car in the final pre-season test of 2012.

The team confirmed its new car – the MR01 – had failed one of the FIA crash tests. As of this year, teams must pass the FIA’s crash tests before they may run their cars in testing.

A statement released by the team said: “The Marussia F1 Team is disappointed to confirm that the planned first test of its 2012 race car – the MR01 – has been delayed as a consequence of not passing the final FIA crash test.

“All cars are required to pass 18 FIA-observed tests for homologation to be granted. Despite the fact that the MR01 has passed all 17 of the preceding tests, the regulations require the car to have completed all of the tests before running commences.

“The team will now not take part in the final pre-season test in Barcelona later this week (1-4 March) and will instead focus its efforts on repeating the crash test at the end of the week.”

Marussia used their 2011 car – the Virgin MVR-02 – in testing last week.

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78 comments on Marussia to miss last pre-season test after crash test failure

  1. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 28th February 2012, 12:54

    I was hoping that with their technical partnership with McLaren introduced, that the team was going to move forward. I didn’t expect a lot, but this doesn’t seem like progression of any kind.

    I sincerely hope that Marussia at least have a half-decent car (at least cut the deficit to Caterham by some) and that this is just a minor hiccough.

  2. junior (@junior) said on 28th February 2012, 13:55

    Personally i think this has been caused from all the changes taking place last year. Getting rid of Wirth and moving from sheffield in the summer break meant they would have to re-employ alot of new staff which on some of the notice periods means waiting months to get them.

    I think this car will be an improvement but the biggest improvement will be seen next year when they can fully benefit from the use of the wind tunnel in the design phase and use what they are currently learning.

    I think it is unfair to critisim Marussia and HRT for keeping at it

  3. carmig1611 said on 28th February 2012, 22:00

    It’s a shame that none of the three newer teams in F1 can compete with the more established teams, it is their third season after all. Really if it wasn’t for the fact that it would be a hard sell trying to convince TV and the public to come and see F1 with just 18 cars, neither of the three newer teams deserve their place in F1. If Marussia and HRT can’t pass their crash tests you have to ask why they are allowed to compete in F1, and as for Caterham, even though they have their act a bit more together, they are still 3 seconds off the pace in testing and I cannot see this improving once the season gets going. By their 3rd season these teams should be able to compete with teams like Sauber, Williams, Torro Rosso, Force India and Lotus. When teams like Jordan, BAR, Stewart Racing and Larrouse entered F1 they were far more competitive. The three new teams are more akin to teams like Life (remember Perry McCarthy and the W12 engine) and the latter day Brabhams.

  4. To me it feels like HRT and Marussia has swapped places with each other due to the fact that Marussia will not able to test the car before the season starts and HRT barely making it to the tests. And although they are both struggling I think they’re doing an awesome job with the little money the both have.

  5. i know this goes against all f1 rivalry but if i was mclaren i would help marrusia in terms of performance. just to get them to the leval of caterham or so

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