Timo Glock, Marussia, Silvestone, 2012

New Marussia MR01 breaks cover at Silverstone

2012 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Timo Glock, Marussia, Silvestone, 2012
Timo Glock, Marussia, Silvestone, 2012

Marussia have revealed the first picture of their 2012 F1 car, the MR01.

The team announced on Twitter the car “made its trackside debut at a promotional event this morning”. The car will run today and tomorrow at Silverstone using Pirelli’s demonstration tyres.

Team principal John Booth said: “We are very pleased to be running the new MR01 for the first time this morning.

“It has been a long and frustrating wait for everyone in the team but we can now get back on track ?ǣ literally ?ǣ and start working towards the first race of the season in Australia next weekend.

“Today is the first of two promotional events, so while the drivers will be able to get a feel for the car, they won?t be able to draw any real conclusions until we start running in anger in Melbourne. Nevertheless, this is an important day for us and we?ll enjoy every minute on track with the new car.”

The MR01 previously failed one of the FIA’s crash tests and so was unable to participate in pre-season testing. Marussia, who competed as Virgin in 2010 and 2011, described the car as “a significant evolution of its predecessors.”

The design team for the MR01 was led by Marussia’ technical consultant Pat Symonds. The team, which was previously split across three separate sites, have consolidated its operation at a single location in Banbury, named the Marussia Technical Centre.

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  1. I kinda like it!

    I understand why, but I guess I wasn’t expecting the Virgin sponsorship to be so much smaller this year.

  2. The livery seems to remind me of an old Minardi, especially the diagonal lines, except the red was yellow. Late 80s/early 90s? There was perhaps some white in there as well. Maybe I’m mistaken.

  3. A decent livery. A little disappointed there’s no Marussia blue, but it’s certainly better than their last two attempts.

    Looking forward to their battle with HRT and how they perform compared to their previous CFD approach with Nick Wirth.

  4. The design of the livery reminds me of a mix of the Marlboro Penske Indycars/Marlboro McLaren F1 cars combined with the Lotus/Caterham livery design of last year & this year.

  5. I think a lot of people are going to support Marussia this year simply because they don’t have a bumpy nose.

  6. Not sure what happened to my comment, but I was saying that this looks like that OTHER Russian F1 team.

    Anyone remember Midland?

    1. you got a good point there

  7. What I dont understand: Why they didnt use their 2011 car to test the new tyers like mercedes did. I t would have given them valuable data

      1. ah ok – thx a lot :)

  8. looks strange :\ more indy than f1 methinks but that could be the colour scheme.. the nose looks super long

  9. Is that a NACA duct on the right hand side (face on) on the top of the body just before the cockpit opening. The dark (non-shiny) triangle only appears in one of the photos as most of the photos are taken from the left hand side of the car. Can someone with better eysight give the photo a once over?

  10. No I am wrong the dark triangle is only a reflection of the air intake above the drivers head, it is not a duct.

  11. The car looks to be running high because of the promo spec tyres supplied for this event. I have read elsewhere that the Pirelli promo tyres are basically wet weather tyres with no tread blocks cut into them. They therefore have larger diameter and increase ride height. This is an FIA regulation designed to prevent teams from gleaning meaningful data from any running undertaken outside of officially sanctioned test days.

    This team will finsih 12th again this year I believe. Even if the car is quicker over a lap than the HRT it won’t be quick enough to re-pass the HRTs after they’ve blasted by off the grid using their KERS.

  12. Don’t care if you say I’m crazy… but this one is my fav (aesthetic-wise) then comes McLaren and finally… ermmm….. well noone else the rest of them have got a hammerhit on the nose

  13. Marcus (@jadedwriter)
    6th March 2012, 13:56

    How long does everybody think it will take for Ron Dennis to freak out over another MTC existing?

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