The new Marussia-Cosworth MR01 may have made its on-track debut at Silverstone earlier today [Monday], but will not be allowed to participate in next weekend's Australian Grand Prix unless it passes the mandatory FIA crash test.
The car, which missed its deadline to appear in last week's final pre-season group test at Barcelona because of the failed FIA evaluation, hit the track during the first of two promotional days at its hone circuit, but technical consultant Pat Symonds admitted that it has still to complete the necessary process for becoming race legal. For 2012, each car had to pass the crash tests in order to take part in pre-season testing, although a 100 per cent pass rate is not required for promotional or 'filming' days.
"The component in question has passed an 'unobserved' test, but is performing inconsistently in observed tests," Symonds explained to Reuters
, "The failure has only been marginal but, nonetheless, we need to completely eradicate that margin, and are taking the time we have to ensure that we have an even more robust solution in place [before Australia]."
According to previous reports, the MR01 has passed 17 of the 18 required tests and is expected to retake the remaining assessment shortly.