Marussia: Overwhelmingly positive day

Jules Bianchi

Jules Bianchi

Hot on the heels of last weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the Marussia F1 Team have been back at the Northamptonshire circuit today for the start of this week’s two-day test.

Jules Bianchi got the test underway, completing a Pirelli tyre programme this morning, before progressing into set-up development work this afternoon.

The day was progressing well and Jules was running in 3rd place after 108 laps when he was forced to stop the car out on track, after which there was a small fire underneath the top bodywork. This was quickly extinguished and there was minimal fire damage, but nonetheless spelt the end of the afternoon session with the focus switching to further investigation and cleaning of the car’s systems in preparation for tomorrow.

Jules Bianchi #17: “Overall it has been a very good day and I am pleased to be in P5, despite having to bring our afternoon to an early conclusion. It was positive that we were able to achieve so many laps – 108 in total – and that we had completed quite a lot of our programme. We did some good work with the tyres and then this afternoon with the set-up, so I look forward now to Germany.”

Dave Greenwood, Chief Engineer: “Although our day has been brought to an early conclusion, it has been overwhelmingly positive, with Jules completing 108 laps to end the day in P5. This morning we completed our team’s allocated day of Pirelli tyre testing, as required of all of the teams, before embarking on some set-up development items to continue the progress we have made in this area. Already we have got the car to a stronger position than on the race weekend here, as it has translated into stronger pace, which Jules has been able to demonstrate. It is unfortunate that we suffered a small fire which brought our day to a premature end but we can be thankful that the damage was not too extensive and we will be fine to press ahead with the second day of our test tomorrow.”

Max Chilton will be at the wheel of the MR03 for Day Two.