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2012-03-07 07:00

Alan Baldwin

London, England - The Marussia team has been given the all-clear to start the2012 Formula 1 season after its cars passed the mandatory crash test on Tuesday.

The Russian-licensed team gave the MR01 its track debut in a filming day at Silverstone on Monday'; clearing this last hurdle give the green light for the first race in Melbourne next week.


Technical consultant Pat Symonds said: "The component in question actually passed an 'unobserved' crash test but has been performing inconsistently in the observed tests. The previous fail was only marginal so we needed a slightly more robust solution. A few minor adjustments to the original component was all that was required.

"We were all thrilled to see the car out on track over the past two days. We have a lot of catching up to do but we take heart that everything is back on a more positive trajectory."

Marussia, previously known as Virgin Racing, has Germany's Timo Glock and French rookie Charles Pic as drivers. Their car was the last to pass the crash tests.

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