Wheels24

Marussia puts 2012 car on track

2012-03-06 09:11

London, England - The Marussia Formula 1 team gave its 2012 car its on-track debut on Monday (March 5) after it missed the final pre-season testing at Montmelo near Barcelona, Spain.

Instead, the British-based Russian team ran the car at Silverstone in England in a promotional event ahead of the season-opening 2012 Australian GP in Melbourne scheduled for March 18.

The car could use only demonstration, rather than race, tyres from Pirelli at the event.

'FRUSTRATING WAIT'


The former Virgin Racing team, whose drivers are German Timo Glock and French newcomer Charles Pic, couldn't drive the cars in Spain because they failed a mandatory  crash test.

Team principal John Booth said: "It's been a long and frustrating wait for everybody in the team but we can now get back on track - literally -and start working towards the first race of the season in Australia. Today is the first of two promotional events so, while the drivers will be able to get a feel for the car, they won't be able to draw any real conclusions until we start running in Melbourne.

"Nevertheless, this is an important day for us and we'll enjoy every minute on track with the new car."

DPA