March 5th, 2012 (f1plus team).- The time finally arrived for the Marussia F1 team to reveal the car that will compete in the upcoming 2012 Formula 1 season.
The MR01 made its on-track debut at Silverstone in the UK for a promotional event ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne next weekend. Nevertheless, the car still needs to pass its final crash test to be able to race.
In this regards, Pat Symonds, the team Technical Consultant commented: "The component in question has actually passed an 'unobserved' crash test but has been performing inconsistently in the observed tests. The fail has only been marginal but, nonetheless, we need to completely eradicate that margin and as such we are taking the time we have to ensure we have an even more robust solution in place."
As for the car itself, The MR01 is the product of a ground-up re-evaluation of the way the team designs its racing cars. As such, the car is almost entirely ‘new’ with very few carryover components from last year’s MVR-02. This presented the design team, led by Technical Consultant Pat Symonds, with the challenge of going back to basics to produce a solid mechanical package, whilst maintaining an eye towards achieving the incremental performance steps required to move the team forward.
It is somewhat palpable the presence of the technical partnership forged with McLaren in July of last year, as the MR01 is the only car other than this year's McLaren not to feature a stepped nose. This approach could go in two opposite ways, we’ll see about that in Australia.
Additionally, John Booth, Team Principal, added: “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 – literally – 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.”
Marussia F1 Team drivers Timo Glock and Charles Pic will each enjoy some track time with the car over the next two days (no more 100km per day), albeit with the car running on demonstration tyres as opposed to the Pirelli P-Zero 2012 season performance tyres.
Even though the team’s product seems to point into the proper direction in terms of approach and business operations, it seems this season will be a tough one for the Danbury, UK based outfit.