Marussia: We have made another positive step forward

May.3 (Marussia Press Release) The weather and reliability of the MR01 conspired to ensure that today was a day of ‘two’ halves for the Marussia F1 Team in Mugello as Timo Glock attacked his testing programme with gusto.

Timo achieved 110 laps in the MR01-01 as he worked his way through a wide-ranging programme exploring the various tyre compounds, some engine calibration work, as well as an evaluation of the team’s new aerodynamic upgrades for the start of the European season.

After losing a less than desirable amount of track time over the past two afternoons, the team needed a clear run at the final day’s somewhat intensive programme. Bar a couple of red flags early on in the day, they got just that and leave Tuscany this evening happy with their achievements and with a mountain of data to feed back into the programme.

Timo ended the day in 12th position with a fastest lap of 1:23.466.

The team’s trackside operation now heads west to Barcelona to prepare for next weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. The engineers return to the Marussia Technical Centre to continue their evaluation work.

Timo Glock #24:
“A pretty good day I have to say. We got a lot of laps – 110 – and worked our way through many different things with the car. We were able to do a lot of comparisons and a lot of set-up work also, so in the end, I think it was a good last day and we have some important data to look through for Barcelona. Now we focus on the implementation for the Spanish Grand Prix and with some new components see what we can do there to continue the progress.”

John Booth, Team Principal:
“It has been a challenging week for the team as we have been working to a not insubstantial programme of tyre evaluation, set-up work and the proving of our new aerodynamic package for the start of the European season.

“At the same time as working through these items we have been making directional calls in each area, based on our findings, and effecting production back at base to ensure we have the parts ready for next weekend’s race, all in pretty rapid succession. So it has been a real ‘team’ effort and I’d like to congratulate everyone on a job very well done. It’s fair to say we feel we have made good progress this week with our package, but we are quite certain that our competitors will have been busy too! For that reason I’m not going to make any predictions beyond saying that if closing the gap was our target, this week’s results would suggest that we have made another positive step forward.”