Marussia to miss first test

By on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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The rebranded Marussia team will miss the first pre-season test at Jerez, despite originally planning to run the MVR02 - their 2011 car - in order to give rookie Charles Pic more track time.

Marussia has decided to skip the first test and use the MVR02 at the second test in Barcelona from February 21st - 24th.

Their 2012 challenge - the MR01 - will now only run during the final test from March 1st - 4th.

Following the departure of technical director Nick Wirth, the use of Wind Tunnel facilities for the first time and their partnership with McLaren, very little is being carried over from 2011.

Speaking via Marussia's Twitter feed, team principal John Booth said, “Unfortunately our programme has slipped and there seems little point in fielding the new car before we can optimise the run plan for it.

“We will hopefully gain more constructive track time than we might otherwise have achieved had we rushed the new car out for the second test.”

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