Positive start to the season
The first three days of pre-season testing for 2011 in Valencia have been very constructive for the Marussia Virgin Racing Team. Although still only running with the 2010 VR-01 car, the team was able to gain valuable information that will be useful for the development of the new car ahead of the first race in Bahrain.
Timo Glock was at the wheel of the VR-01 for the last time before driving the new MVR-02 car in Jerez next week, and was able to complete a total of 114 laps, in excess of the combined total of laps achieved over the past two days. The German driver completed a total of 461.8 km and established a new record for the team.
After 3 positive days of testing in Valencia, the team is now focused on presenting the new MVR-02 car next Monday at Television Centre in London.
"Today was a very productive day. The team worked very hard to gain more running after yesterday and as a result I was able to complete many laps and we were quite competitive. However, this is still last year's car so we hope for good things with the new car. I think these first three days in Valencia have been very useful for the team though. I really can't wait to drive the MVR-02 next week."
John Booth, Team Principal
"We have started the 2011 season well. There is still a lot of work to do, but these first few days of testing will be very helpful to ensure we are heading in the right direction. The next week is going to be very important for the team, as we are launching the new 2011 MVR-02 car and testing it in Jerez for the first time. For now though it was great to end this week's test, and our last running of the VR-01, on such a positive note by completing such an impressive number of laps."