Marussia Racing's running with the 2011-spec MVR-02 came to a disappointing end in Barcelona after a suspension issue forced the team to sit out the final day of the second pre-season F1 test.
Having missed the opening test of the year in Jerez, the session at Catalunya was used mainly to give track time to new signing Charles Pic, who spent the first two days in action before handing the car to Timo Glock
Pic was due to return to action for the final day but a damaged suspension component forced the team to abandon its planned programme, with insufficient time for the team to proof-test the problem back at its UK base before sending the car on track.
Having managed more than 1500km of running despite the issue, the team will now look forward to debuting the MR01 next week back in Barcelona, with just one test for the new car before the season opener in Australia.
“It's a real shame that after three very positive days with the car we've encountered this issue on the final day,” team boss John Booth said. “We can't be too downhearted though, having achieved over 1500kms of near faultless running from a car that has served us so well from a reliability perspective. Aside from further mileage for Charles there was nothing more to be gained from our programme to aid our development and we now switch focus to the 2012 car, which we are all looking forward to rolling-out next week.
“I'd like to thank the team and our two drivers Timo and Charles for an excellent start to our pre-season preparations. We are in excellent shape in terms of our trackside operation and this will stand us in good stead for the season.”