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Marussia positive after ‘tough test’

Despite a positive start for the newly rebranded Marussia team, the Banbury based squad remain under no illusions for this weekend's tough task.
Winter testing (for most teams) was what Melbourne was for Marussia, but despite getting to know their new MR-01 and ironing out the inevitable 'new car syndrome' on the most public of public stages, they did so in positive fashion leaving them in buoyant mood as they arrive in Malaysia.

After both Timo Glock and F1 debutant Charles Pic both finished the Melbourne race, 14th and 15th respectively,the team expect a sterner task in hostile conditions of Malaysia as Marussia's team principal John Booth explains.

“The team and the car faced a tough test in Australia last weekend and both passed with flying colours," Booth enthused. "However we are under no illusions that we'll have to work very hard to ensure that things continue to go our way this season.

"Our mileage last weekend enabled us to gather plenty of data which has been carefully evaluated over the last few days back at our operational base in Banbury. This will enable us to pinpoint any underlying issues that fortunately did not surface in Melbourne. Every new car has its gremlins so we want to get to those as quickly as we can as last year one of our key strengths was our reliability."

Booth admits there will not be any significant changes to their MR-01 this weekend, instead they simply hope to set their car up in a way which will optimise circuit conditions and collect yet more valuable data as the car progresses.

"There won't be any significant changes to the car for this weekend, given the tight turnaround, but we'll be able to look at optimising the set-up for this circuit,” he said. “As for our expectations, it would be nice to have as seamless a progression through the weekend as we had last time, but we'll have to see how well the MR01 copes with the challenge of Sepang.”

Glock, who finished on the podium at Sepang in 2009, is relishing the opportunity to gauge his car's capability through the high speed corners which make up the Sepang Circuit. The German like this team principal is also fully aware of the mammoth task which lies ahead.

“Malaysia provides another good opportunity for us to learn about the car in these early days for us," said Glock. "Sepang is a completely new track layout which will give us the chance to see how good the car is in the high speed corners.

"It will be a tough test for all of us, but from a development point of view it is very good that the second race follows so quickly because we can then head home with a mountain of data to work with during the three-week break before China."




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