Marussia MR01 passes final FIA crash test

Pat Symonds (GBR). Autosport International Show, NEC, Birmingham, England, Day Two, Friday 14 January 2011.

Pat Symonds

Mar.6 (PVM) Marussia’s 2012 car – the MR01 – has passed their final FIA crash test after initially failing the mandatory test.

Pat Symonds, technical consultant to  Marussia announced, “After a challenging few weeks for the team, we are pleased to have overcome the last hurdle of the final FIA observed crash test, which we passed today. The component in question actually [previously] passed an ‘unobserved’ crash test but had 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,” explained Symonds.

On Monday the team gave their new car a shakedown at a low key function at Silverstone where team principal John Booth said it had been “a long and frustrating wait for everyone” to get the car running.

“We can now get back on track and start working towards the first race of the season in Australia,” he added.

Symonds was equally upbeat, “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.”

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