For the first time, FIA made it mandatory for all the Teams to pass a crash tests before they can take part in official sessions including pre season testing. This seems to have a significant effect on small teams as Marussia has now failed these mandatory crash tests. The Team who had earlier planned to test its new car in the second pre season testing will now be going into the season without any proper tests. This development comes after a major technical shuffle that the Team had in the last season which saw it part ways with its Technical Director Nick Wirth and its chief consultant Pat Symonds playing a larger part in the Team.
It should be noted that Pat Symonds and others in the team have admitted that their new car is not carrying any major parts from its predecessor and its a complete overhaul in terms of design. Marussia last year scrapped its policy of CFD only approach.
For sure this means a significant impact on the Team and its preparations for the season. Its nearest rival HRT are working round the clock to get its car ready for the final day of pre season test on Sunday.