On Day 4 of the second of the pre-season tests, the forecast rain conspired with the very cold conditions to cause a disrupted day of running for our Team.
With the performance programme hampered, we used this opportunity to provide Max Chilton with his first experience of the Pirelli PZero wet weather tyres and to conduct some familiarization running with the KERS system in these conditions.
Driver: Max Chilton
Fastest Lap: 1:29.902
Position: 9th / 12 drivers
Max Chilton, Driver #23: “We’ve had four important days of running here in Barcelona in which we ticked a lot of boxes and gathered some very useful data.
We may not have had the mileage that some teams have achieved, but we’ve have worked through a lot of different items and the detail of this work will be vital in preparing us for the next test here with the new aero package and ensuring we’re in good shape for the opening race of the season.
I’m looking forward to coming back next week and hopeful that we can achieve more mileage and explore the performance a little more. My thanks to the Team for a good week.”
John Booth, Team Principal, Marussia F1 Team: “Although the weather has intervened today, we’ve made the most of the situation by conducting some important wet weather work, which is all useful information for our development and for preparing Max.
He has performed very well and his feedback, coupled with the data we have gathered, will be rolled back into the development cycle early next week ready for our final pre-season test starting Thursday.
We are steadily stepping our way through the areas that need to be explored before the first race and looking forward to the arrival of our new aero package so that we can move to a more performance oriented programme.”
Marussia F1 Team