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2014-01-30 08:12


EVENTUALLY: F1 team Marussia eventually got its car to the Jerez pre-season testing after suffering some minor set-backs with the car and transportation to the track. This is the 2013 car Image: AFP

JEREZ, Spain - While some Formula 1 teams struggled to get their 2014 cars working in pre-season testing Marussia had a breakdown even before they got theirs to the Jerez circuit.

The Russian-owned team had kept the Ferrari-engined car back in their factory in central England fix problems that emerged just before it was due to be sent to southern Spain. It finally arrived on Wednesday 29 Jan 2014, in a trailer towed by a van, after a journey across the English Channel and down through France that started on Tuesday morning.

John Booth said: "The van broke down just south of Seville to add to the drama."

'LAST OF 11'

Marussia is the last of the 11 teams to reveal its car although Lotus - absent from the Jerez test - has only released a computer-generated image. Booth assured fans they would like what they see.

The cars seen so far have been a mixed bag, some sporting ugly noses to meet new regulations and others, such as Red Bull, presenting a far more elegant nose.

Booth said of his car, which he hoped would be on the track on January 30: "You'll be amazed how pretty it is."

He recognised, however, that his mechanics had a long Wednesday night ahead. He added: "The systems are so complicated, I think it took everybody two days from finishing the car to firing it up."

Despite the hurdles, with many more sure to appear on the track, he said it was essential to be at the test.
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