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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

    No sponsors on that car to!

  6. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 30th January 2014, 15:10

    Is there a MAXIMUM wheelbase lenght? It looks as long as a Pagani Zonda, or a bus.

  7. car looks nice at least, not quite as good as the merc or mc but around the level of the williams rb ferrari and force india. That has no bearing on how quick it is though, the front wing doesnt look particularly simple and they have a couple of detail pieces but you can tell that the rear of the car is far from optimised if you compare the sidepods and rear of say the mercedes (which look skin tight and shrink wrapped exposing a lot of the rear suspension) to it. Should be a decent runner though, if they canbe as reliable as last year maybe even their first ever points.

  8. simon watkinson (@sleewatkinson) said on 30th January 2014, 16:09

    Looks good,i hope marussia score their first points soon!

  9. Sharon H (@sharoncom) said on 30th January 2014, 16:43

    Not bad-looking at all. Shows what you can do with a bit of thought to the livery – sufficiently different so we don’t confuse it with the Ferrari, handily.

  10. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 30th January 2014, 18:08

    Nice clean shape, apart from the end of the nose…
    Needs a bigger 4 – this is how it’s done: Stefan Bellof’s Tyrrell

  11. George (@george) said on 30th January 2014, 18:25

    Nice looking car, hopefully the simplicity isn’t as much of a problem as some people are opining. The livery on the other hand is excellent, I’ve never liked the look of the virgin/marussia cars until now…

  12. Alot of people are saying that Marussia will struggle because of the
    simplicity of the design.That is,arguably,wrong!I think,that it will
    be reliable (because of the simplicity) and will therefore score points
    and do well, even if it’s pace is a little slow.
    I’ll stop moaning now!It looks good though!
    Should thrash Caterham (hopefully), if you haven’t guessed, i’m a Marussia fan!
    Go go Marussia! :)

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