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"The simulator programme is going well, particularly helping Charles [Pic] with learning circuits. This back end of the year has been perhaps circuits that he's not used to, so that's been a valuable tool for him."

The technical stability that Glock referred to will also help Marussia make the most of its 2012 developments, with Greenwood confirming that work on next year's car is now underway in earnest.

"I think it's been mentioned many times, the aero rules are quite consistent between 2012 and 2013," he concluded, "A bit like a few other teams, we opted to stay developing this car a little bit longer, but now we've firmly switched over to the '13 car and that's going reasonably well.

"A little bit of layout change was required because of the KERS, so it's taken a few wind tunnel sessions to start getting into that with different wheelbases etc, [and that's] really that's what the aero guys are focusing on. There's obviously quite bit of installation work going on to there to get [KERS] into the car from the design guys, but that's gone reasonably well. The first chassis is in manufacture and the guys are starting to do sample crash tests, so we're in a lot better position than maybe we were last year. Hopefully, with doing a bit more of our homework earlier one, we're looking to progress."

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David Chaste - Unregistered

October 14, 2012 1:32 PM

Why were they developing the 2012 car till late? They should take a page from Ross Brawn's F1 strategy book. As soon as ROss had found out that Honda was pulling out of F1, he planned to keep the team for himself and he stopped working on the 2008 car, and began working on the 2009 car. So when 2009 came they had a huge development lead on the rest of the field. After the first 7-10 races they knew where their place was in the pack (not likely to score). So to get a jump on the field they should have started developing for 2013.

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