Marussia MR03: First pictures

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Marussia MR03, Jerez, 2014

The Marussia MR03 has made its first appearance on the third day of F1 testing at Jerez. Max Chilton drove a single installation lap in the car shortly before 3pm.

Team principal John Booth said the MR03 is the product of a “young but experienced and extremely talented technical and engineering group”.

“To have designed a car that is true to the concept first conceived in early 2012, despite the integration of an entirely new powertrain and whilst pushing hard to attain our 2013 constructors? championship objective, is a testament to the extent to which we have matured as a technical organisation,” he added.

The team’s latest F1 design is their first to feature a Ferrari V6 turbo engine.

“We have nothing but good things to say about our new relationship with Scuderia Ferrari,” said Booth. “They are extremely professional and have been entirely supportive from the beginning.”

“There is excellent co-operation between our two technical groups in all areas of the new relationship and this has made the considerable challenge of integrating a new powertrain a great deal easier.”

Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton will continue to drive for the team this year, making Marussia the only team besides Mercedes to retain its 2013 driver line-up.

“In view of the significant regulation changes, continuity is key, so it is highly beneficial to our technical team, and the engineering group responsible for developing the car in the field, that we retain the same drivers,” said chief engineer Dave Greenwood.

“What this means is that we have not only been able to optimise our monocoque design around an existing line-up, but we can focus all of our attentions on developing the MR03 with immediate effect.”

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55 comments on Marussia MR03: First pictures

  1. Not bad. Car seems stretched tho!

    • Gordon (@) said on 30th January 2014, 14:27

      I noticed that too, I think it’s just the combination of the sparse (black) livery on the side pod and the lack of logos there.

    • OOliver said on 30th January 2014, 20:28

      The design, nose apart, is like those cars from the early 90s.

    • Its the livery and angle, it should be on pair with the other cars. Comparing with the caterham the marussia shows for the second year running an improvement in designing and composites, still they have a step to make, so the only chance to see the marussia on the points is if the renaults cant go too far.

  2. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 30th January 2014, 14:06

    Nice car as always from Marussia. Shame they went for the long nose, better than Caterhams by a mile!

  3. spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 30th January 2014, 14:06

    That was quick, Keith, thanks!
    Surely not the ugliest car :)

  4. It seems remarkably bereft of any aerodynamic quirks and add-ons. Nothing on the side pods by the looks of it and very little work at the back.

    I can’t imagine that is to the car’s advantage.

    • kpcart said on 30th January 2014, 14:43

      I thought all those devices were banned a few years ago, but the rich teams have seemed to find a loophole to bring them back in.

    • @godofwine The sidepods are minuscule, its a very sane design but precise and suave somewhat featurless their soon not to be rivals caterham built a car as blocky as a 90’s videogame whereas this looks like a proper new gen car.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 30th January 2014, 23:06

      I can’t imagine that is to the car’s advantage.

      It pretty much gives them a blank canvas to work with. If they get the basics right, it gives them a solid starting point. They can add and subtract parts as need be without having to worry to much about the existing chassis.

  5. Dimitris 1395 (@dimitris-1395) said on 30th January 2014, 14:09

    It’s simple, elegant and quite good-looking. I don’t know if it’ll be fast and probably won’t be, but I quite like it…

  6. Calum (@calum) said on 30th January 2014, 14:13

    Car #4? I seem to have forgotten Marussia were the constructors runners-up last year! :P

  7. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 30th January 2014, 14:13

    Why is it always the slow cars that look the best?

  8. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 30th January 2014, 14:14

    It’s always worrying when a team’s lack of budget is clearly viable to even the most casual onlooker in the simplicity of the design. Still, Marussia proved themselves a more strategically and financially pragmatic team than Caterham last year and have probably extracted as much from their budget as could be expected, and with the brilliance of Bianchi, Marussia vs. Caterham might not be a fall gone conclusion in 2014.

  9. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 30th January 2014, 14:14

    It looks incredibly simple. But it looks gorgeous ! love it.

    It’s going to be at the back of the grid but I hope manage to beat Caterham again and by a long way ! :)

  10. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 30th January 2014, 14:16

    What’s that on the engine cover? on the white bit, when it goes down. Looks like ducts…

  11. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 30th January 2014, 14:19

    Now that’s how you paint a car properly. The lines of the livery matches the car perfectly, they even managed to cover the vile nose. Well done, Marussia.

    Now whoever painted it get to work on the other cars!

  12. Lustigson (@lustigson) said on 30th January 2014, 14:24

    Great work on the paint job, indeed. You really can’t see the ugly finger/nose/penis at all.

  13. obviously said on 30th January 2014, 14:26

    That’s a loooooong wheel-base car.

  14. Maciek (@maciek) said on 30th January 2014, 14:29

    Oh… that’s… really boring. Very plain design, made even more so by a livery that looks like it came from a Hot Wheels car. Caterham might be ugly, but now it’s starting to look interesting in a Tom Waits kinda ugly. This is just bland – I guess they went conservative with a hope to develop along with the season.

  15. Roald (@roald) said on 30th January 2014, 14:31

    That looks like the wheelbase is enormous. Do they know they can only carry 100kg of fuel?

  16. Vasily Khonichev said on 30th January 2014, 14:32

    It’s lack of any aerodynamic details reminds me of 199x-early00’s cars. Looks so good because of it. Beautiful. Shame it’s gonna be the last on the grid, most likely.

  17. Royal-Spark (@royal-spark) said on 30th January 2014, 14:37

    With a wheel base that long you’d think they’d be running a V16 under the engine cover.

  18. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 30th January 2014, 14:38

    At first glance it is simple BUT there is a lot of interesting detail on it. The three way split in the airbox, the split in the sidepod entrances, nicely packaged sidepods.

    It looks like a really good honest F1 car, I reckon they’ll have Caterham beat this year.

  19. kpcart said on 30th January 2014, 14:46

    It is great to see no one is complaining about the nose on this car, even though it has that pointy part too like other cars, but maybe people have got over their fears the last few days and have come to accept it doesn’t look too bad.

    • quinnm said on 31st January 2014, 0:38

      It’s because of the clever livery that some teams (Marussia) have been using. It makes the penis nose almost forgivable…almost.

  20. nidzovski (@nidzovski) said on 30th January 2014, 14:47

    No sponsors on that car to!

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