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Marussia set for comprehensive test programme

The Marussia team aims to make the msot of its first-ever in-season test as the F1 field heads to Mugello for three days of development work.
The Marussia F1 Team has a comprehensive programme mapped out for the three days of the Mugello group test, the first in-season session in its brief history.

Drivers Charles Pic and Timo Glock will both be on hand for one-and-a-half days each, with the Frenchman getting the test - the sport's first held between races since 2008 - underway on Tuesday morning, before Glock takes over from Wednesday lunchtime.

The programme combines an evaluation of the aerodynamic upgrade set to be introduced in Barcelona next weekend with some investigative work to try to understand the handling issues experienced with Glock's chassis in the last two races, in China and Bahrain.

"We aim to have a very busy week in Mugello with a fairly significant checklist of items to get through,” team principal John Booth confirmed, “The work will also be quite varied, since we have our upgrade for the Spanish Grand Prix to evaluate, a comprehensive tyre programme with the full spectrum of Pirelli tyres, and some retracing of our steps to try to get to grips with the issues Timo has experienced with the car, particularly in the last race.

"This is a very important week for us. In some respects, we have conducted a lot of our pre-season testing 'in the field' during the opening race weekends, but having a clear week away from the pressures of a grand prix will provide a vital opportunity to catch up with ourselves.

"It is also great to be testing at Mugello, which is a fantastic track with some interesting elevation and direction features and the faster sections of the track are perfect for the tyre evaluation programme. We're looking forward to a busy but interesting week which we expect to yield plenty of interesting and useful data to enable us to keep pushing forward."

Pirelli will bring all four of its current slick compounds to Mugello, with the teams able to use the tyres remaining from their testing allocation of 100 sets of tyres per car per year. The Cinturato intermediate and wet weather tyres will also be available in case of rain, which is forecast for Tuesday.

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