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Max Chilton and Luiz Razia have both made a positive impression at Marussia so far this year, with the outfit's Chief Engineer, Dave Greenwood, stating that the rookie duo 'delivered all we asked of them' during the first pre-season test at Jerez last week.
Chilton was due to line-up alongside Timo Glock this season until financial difficulties forced a change in approach, leading the latter to a DTM switch. Despite Razia's appointment making for an all-rookie line-up at the Banbury-based squad, both GP2 graduates have shown encouraging form at the wheel of the MR02 chassis.
"Both Luiz and Max performed well in Jerez and delivered all we asked of them in their first test with the new car," said Greenwood. "It wasn’t an easy week for them by any means; we were getting over the car’s initial teething problems, which made it difficult for them to get into a good rhythm.
"Nonetheless, they both applied themselves well, were fully focused on the engineering programme and their feedback was very complete. Jerez was a good foundation step and the next two weeks in Barcelona will test them further. We are confident that they will rise to the challenge."
The second pre-season gathering takes place at the Circuit de Catalunya from 19-22 February, with Razia and Chilton again set for two full days of running each.
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