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Timo Glock has acknowledged his most frustrating pre-season period yet, having driven Marussia’s new car only once in a filming session on old Pirelli tyres. As the opening race approaches, the German is adopting an upbeat but curious viewpoint.
After the squad formerly known as Virgin Racing skipped the last winter test in Barcelona, having failed its final and compulsory FIA crash test, the outfit staged a low-key launch before running its car in a short filming session at Silverstone last week.
“I couldn’t wait to try the MR01 for the first time last Monday,” Glock comments. “Even though it wasn’t in representative conditions, it has been a long wait to get my hands on a car that I’m hoping will be a good step forward from the past two seasons.
“It has been a frustrating winter, for sure, but you have two choices and the only thing to do was to focus on everything we could be doing off-track to make sure we were as prepared as possible for when we did run the car. I’ve done a lot of work in the simulator and with the team in Banbury and in terms of my personal fitness I have been training harder than ever before.
“Melbourne will be a bit of a voyage into the unknown but we have nothing to lose and I’m even more excited than usual to see how the car feels in Friday practice.”
Glock’s Formula 1 debut came in 2004, substituting for Giorgio Pantano at Jordan, although his Melbourne race introduction was not until four years later with Toyota.
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