Marussia to delay car launch after failed crash test 28 Feb 2012
Marussia have had to postpone the launch of their 2012 car after it failed its final FIA crash test. The team had originally planned to debut the MR01 at the last pre-season test, which gets underway at Barcelonas Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday.
All cars are required to pass 18 FIA-observed tests for homologation to be granted, explained Marussia in a statement. Despite the fact that the MR01 has passed all 17 of the preceding tests, the regulations require the car to have completed all of the tests before running commences.
The team will now not take part in the final pre-season test in Barcelona later this week (1-4 March) and will instead focus its efforts on repeating the crash test at the end of the week.
Marussia were in attendance at last weeks Barcelona test with their 2011-spec car. Both Timo Glock and new signing Charles Pic enjoyed time behind the wheel during the four-day session.
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