Marussia Racing has confirmed that the new MR01 has now passed the final FIA crash test and will be able to compete in the opening round of the new F1 season in Australia.
The team had been forced to miss the final pre-season test in Barcelona after the car was unable to complete the mandatory tests in time, with the only running for the car as a result coming during a 'filming' day at Silvertone on Monday.
The car has now passed the final observed test after alterations were made to the part that had previously failed, with the team now turning its focus to the first race of the 2012 season at Albert Park.
“After a challenging few weeks for the team, we are pleased to have overcome the last hurdle of the final FIA-observed crash test, which we passed today,” technical consultant Pat Symonds said. “The component in question actually passed an 'unobserved' crash test but has been performing inconsistently in the observed tests. The previous fail was only marginal so we needed to have a slightly more robust solution in place. A few minor adjustments to the original concept of the component was all that was required.
“We were all thrilled to see the new car out on track over the past two days and whilst we have a lot of catching up to do, we take heart from the fact that everything is back on a more positive trajectory. We now look forward to the challenge of the season-opener in Melbourne next weekend.”