Final day fruitless for Marussia
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24 February 2012 – Following the opening three days of the first Barcelona test where Marussia were running their 2011 car, the team from Rotherham spent the entire final day in the garage after an issue with damaged suspension.
Charles Pic was due to drive for the third time, working on race simulations but the team decided to end the day early after inspecting the part and subsequently not having a replacement.
Marussia have now decided to concentrate on their 2012 machine, the MR-01which is due to be released at next week's final pre-season event at Barcelona.
Team Principal, John Booth commented on the situation: “It’s a real shame that after three very positive days with the car we’ve encountered this issue on the final day," he stated. We can’t be too downhearted though, having achieved over 1500kms of near faultless running from a car that has served us so well from a reliability perspective.
"Aside from further mileage for Charles there was nothing more to be gained from our programme to aid our development and we now switch focus to the 2012 car," he continued.
"I’d like to thank the team and our two drivers Timo (Glock) and Charles (Pic) for an excellent start to our pre-season preparations. We are in excellent shape in terms of our trackside operation and this will stand us in good stead for the season.”