Marussia introducing 'significant' updates
9 April 2013 – Marussia has put together its first major update package for the MR02 chassis ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, with new suspension parts plus modified front and rear brake ducts being shipped to the Shanghai International Circuit.
Having outpaced Caterham at the first two races of the season courtesy of Jules Bianchi's drives, the outfit is hopeful of remaining ahead of its key rivals before a 'bigger push' as the Formula 1 fraternity arrives back in Europe next month.
"After such a positive start to the season, I think we are all keen to get back to the racing," said team boss John Booth. "The cars were freighted directly to China, so while we would not call the upgrades we have for this race comprehensive, they are still significant. "We will be running some new suspension parts that we proved out in testing but delayed until we had some further race distance experience with the MR02. We also have some new front and rear brake ducts.
"The bigger push will come for Europe, but for now it’s good to be bringing new incremental updates to the car to maintain our positive trajectory."
Having narrowly missed out on tenth place in the Constructors' battle last season, Marussia currently sits ahead of key rivals Caterham due to higher race finishes.