Chilton: MR02 showing very positive signs
7 February 2013 – Max Chilton says Marussia's new MR02 chassis is showing 'very positive signs' at Jerez, with the Briton getting his first full taste of the car on Thursday after suffering from suspension failure earlier in the week. Gradually improving throughout the day, the 21-year-old posted a best effort of 1:21.269 to finish ninth on the timesheets.
"I’m really pleased with how my second day in the car has gone and I’m happy to have been able to reveal a little more of the car’s potential," Chilton explained. "These are very early days for all of us, but there are some very positive signs and I’m excited about that.
"The race runs went very well and we’re starting to understand how the 2013 tyres are going to wear. Having completed the long run work we needed to, it was nice to have a new tyre run at the end of the day to explore more of the car’s performance. What we found was very encouraging and this has given the team a nice boost at this early stage of the MR02’s development."
Chilton will step aside for new team-mate Luiz Razia tomorrow. The Brazilian, who drove the MR02 for the first time on Wednesday, has replaced Timo Glock at the outfit.