The second test of the season, at the Circuito de Velocidad in Jerez, came to a successful conclusion today after four positive days for Marussia Virgin Racing, during which Timo Glock and Jerфme D'Ambrosio got their first taste of the new MVR-02 car.
Jerфme was in the car again today and completed 45 laps. After a good start this morning, the team experienced an engine problem which confined him to the garage for the middle part of the day. The problem was solved and in the afternoon the car was back out on track for a race simulation. The long run was useful in understanding the behaviour of the Pirelli tyres and for putting more mileage on the car. At the same time the team was able to continue testing the new moveable rear wing.
During the course of the last four days in Jerez, the team has completed a total of 216 laps, demonstrating promising reliability straight out of the box with only a few minor issues affecting the programme. The team has collected valuable information and will now turn its attentions to next week's test in Barcelona, which will provide the opportunity for more meaningful evaluation in readiness for the first Grand Prix of the season in Bahrain.
"My two first days driving the new MVR-02 have been very interesting and useful for me and the team. We are all still getting to know the new car and it was a shame that I couldn't have more time in the car today. But I am happy with the work we have done here in Jerez and now I can't wait to get back in the car in Barcelona and continue improving."
John Booth, Team Principal
"We are already half way through the pre-season tests and I'm very pleased with what we have achieved so far. The last four days here in Jerez have been extremely productive. We have been able to recover well from small setbacks and we are making excellent progress as we count down towards the first race. Both Timo and Jerфme have done a fantastic job here and we just have to keep pushing hard now to maintain the momentum in Barcelona next week."
Nick Wirth, Technical Director
"Overall, I am delighted with this positive first test for the MVR-02. Many of the systems that caused us problems last year have performed faultlessly and we've learned a lot. The team has gathered lots of basic aero data, pressures and loads, and conducted tests with the blown diffuser and moving rear wing and the data correlates well with our aero predictions. As with every new car, the test has revealed a number of small issues which we'll address quickly, but the main thing is that the basic package seems reliable, which was our first priority. We're still missing some parts, which has limited our basic set-up and a bit of performance, but we'll have these for Barcelona. The car is a good step forward from last year, which is what we wanted."