Marussia has unveiled its 2012 contender today at Silverstone as the Team does a filming session with its new car, Having failed the crash tests, Marussia was not allowed to take part in the pre season testing. Now trying to gather some mileage with the new car, The Team is planning to do a couple of promo sessions including this one as the team is now looking to start the season is an Anger.
MR01 is a fresh start for Marussia after having to go through a Major Technical changes that saw it part ways with Nick Wirth and its Technical consultant Pat Symonds now taking a much larger role at the Team. They also signed a Technical partnership with McLaren which is quite similar to the one between Mclaren and Force India. Marussia admitted that both Pat Symonds and Mclaren played a part in development of its 2012 contender
The Team has admitted that it has failed the crash test and a component that has been in question has passed the crash test in an 'Unobserved one' but that it is performing inconsistently. It has to be noted that unless a Team passes all the crash tests it is not allowed to take part in Official Sessions meaning that Marussia has to work around the clock to make sure it passes all the crash tests failing which the Team may not see the first race
The mileage in Filming sessions are limited and the team has to use a demo tyre specially made for this purpose. John Booth admits that the drivers will just get to feel the car and that they can't draw any conclusions from this test.
Team Principal John Booth said, “We are very pleased to be running the new MR01 for the first time this morning,It has been a long and frustrating wait for everyone in the team but we can now get back on track - literally - and start working towards the first race of the season in Australia next weekend. 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 anger in Melbourne. Nevertheless, this is an important day for us and we'll enjoy every minute on track with the new car.”
The car is looking more refined and as Pat Symonds earlier commented, Not a lot of parts seem to have been carried over to this car. And MR01 seems to have been really influenced by Mclaren as it doesn't feature the platypus styled nose cone and instead it goes the Mclaren's way by having a gradual drop.
Be sure to check out gallery section for few pictures of the car