Marussia passes final FIA crash test
6 March 2012 – Following the track debut of its new MR01 chassis at Silverstone on Monday, the Marussia Formula 1 team announced that it has passed the final FIA-observed crash test without issue. Every outfit is required to pass a series of stringent tests, but both Marussia and main rivals HRT failed during their respective first attempts.
"Hot on the heels of a successful track debut with its new 2012 contender at Silverstone yesterday, the Marussia F1 Team is pleased to confirm that the MR01 has now passed the final FIA-observed crash test," explained a team statement.
Marussia's Technical Consultant Pat Symonds was understandably delighted to confirm the news this afternoon, with the team's focus now switching fully to the season opener in Melbourne next weekend.
"After a challenging few weeks, we are pleased to have overcome the last hurdle of the final FIA crash test, which we passed today," he began to explain, having returned to the sport with Marussia following a ban for fixing the result of 2008's Singapore Grand Prix.
"The component in question actually passed an ‘unobserved’ crash test but has been performing inconsistently in the observed tests. The previous fail was only marginal so we needed to have a slightly more robust solution in place. A few minor adjustments to the original concept of the component was all that was required.
"We were all thrilled to see the new car out on-track over the past two days and whilst we have a lot of catching up to do, we take heart from the fact that everything is back on a more positive trajectory. We now look forward to the challenge of the season-opener in Melbourne next weekend."