Mar.9 (GMM) Despite a difficult winter for the Marussia team, Timo Glock is in a positive mood as he travels to Australia for the 2012 season.
The former Virgin squad struggled to get its new car through the FIA's mandatory crash tests, which according to new rules meant the MR01 was grounded throughout the official pre-season period.
Indeed, the Russian website F1News quotes technical consultant Pat Symonds as saying the "last two months were the most difficult of my 20 years in Formula One".
Due to a testing loophole allowing some running on demonstration Pirelli tyres, the Cosworth-powered car finally made its debut over two days of 'promotional filming' early this week at Silverstone.
"The basis is definitely good; the first test miles were really good," German Glock is quoted by the German-language Speed Week.
The basis is definitely good; the first test miles were really good
"The car did exactly what we expected from it. The data we recorded corresponded exactly to what we had calculated previously," he added.
The report said Glock will travel to Australia on Friday, with his 30th birthday set to coincide exactly with the start of the new season.
Symonds added: "There is still much to be done, but it is a long term project and so I hope that we move forward step by step."