Barcelona test - Day 3
Day three of Marussia Virgin Racing’s four-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya took place in much-welcomed warm and sunny conditions, creating the perfect environment for the team to continue with its intensive race preparation programme for the start of the 2011 season.
As per the plan, Jérôme D’Ambrosio spent the day pounding round the 4.655 km circuit, putting plenty of mileage on the MVR-02 whilst evaluating the Pirelli PZero tyres, optimising set-up and proving out new parts for the first race in Australia in two weeks’ time. Of the 11 teams that were taking part today Marussia Virgin Racing ended the day with the fifth highest number of laps under their belts.
Aside from a late morning fuel pressure problem, which was quickly rectified, the team had a trouble-free day which yielded plenty of very useful data to be fed straight back into the car development programme.
The team were delighted to see Timo Glock back in the fold today. Although he is unable to drive the car whilst still recovering from his appendectomy, he spent the day trackside poring over the data and observing the track activity of Marussia Virgin Racing and the other teams to ensure he is as up to speed as possible.
“Today we have had a much more positive day and it was great to get so many laps in and complete our programme. This is the second full race simulation I have completed now and having this opportunity to do four full days before the start of the season is very important. Tomorrow will be another exciting day for me and then we will have a good picture of where we are. It was also great to see Timo back today.”
John Booth, Team Principal
“We have had a very productive day of running today, culminating in another positive race simulation programme using the tyre compounds we will run in Australia. As a result we have some excellent data to work with over the next couple of weeks to ensure we are in the best possible shape for the first race. Timo was with us for the day today and is on the mend and in great shape. It was good that he had the opportunity to be as close to the cockpit as possible – both in the garage with the team and observing the action from the pitwall.”