The day was brought to an early conclusion by a red flag for another team, which prevented Jules from consolidating the good work from the day.
A successful testing debut with the MR03 continued today as Jules Bianchi got his first experience of the new car at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain.
The day was brought to an early conclusion by a red flag for another team, which prevented Jules from consolidating the good work from the day. Nevertheless, the Team were pleased to complete 25 laps today, bringing the total number of laps over the past two days to 30, and with no car-stopping issues on the track.
Jules Bianchi, Driver #17: “I was really excited to get my first taste of the new MR03 and I like it a lot! The car feels great to drive and I’m pleased that I was able to achieve some good mileage. You always want more, of course, but there is a lot to work through and understand, so we have to be patient and go through the programme in the right way, especially as we have had damp conditions to contend with also. At the end, once we were happy with the systems work, it was nice to put the slicks on and start putting some laps together. It is early days but we were quite happy with the pace in the conditions and for our programme. Not a bad start.”
Dave Greenwood, Chief Engineer: “It has been a very busy 48 hours for our Team since the MR03 arrived in Jerez. We have had to squeeze rather a lot into that space of time in order to achieve our objectives for its debut test and to ensure we gathered plenty of information to work with. All in all, given the challenges we have faced, I think we have to be pretty pleased with the early signs from the new package and the positive response from our drivers. We have spent a lot of time understanding our systems, so it has taken a little while to build up a head of steam, but by the end of today we were starting to make some good progress. We now head back to the factory where we will spend a lot of time poring over the data we have collected in order to ensure we are well prepared for the next two tests in Bahrain.”
Date 31 January 2014
Driver Jules Bianchi
Position 6th / 11
Best time 1:32.222
Marussia F1 Team