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Tio Ellinas makes debut in Marussia

Marussia young driver programme product, Tio Ellinas, made his debut run for the team at Kemble Airfield on Tuesday
Tio Ellinas completed his debut run in a Marussia aero evaluation programme at Kemble Airfield on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Cypriot is a member of the Marussia F1 Team's Young Driver Programme and current GP3 Series leader.

Ellinas completed a full aero mapping programme with the evaluation of a variety of ride height settings as well as plenty of extra data logging to assist the team with the correlation of its wind tunnel programme. Marussia also experimented with some new options to aid its longer-term aero development programme.

Ellinas says he felt at home in the Marussia and that the test run was a day to remember in short career so far: “Today was every bit as exciting as I expected it to be and a very special moment in my career,” he said.

"I got used to the car and systems quickly and felt very comfortable quite early on. After that I had quite a detailed programme to work through but it was very rewarding to be doing testing that will be of real value to the team going forwards.

"Now I can't wait for my next opportunity at the Young Driver Test next month and I feel that the work I've done here will benefit me significantly for that.“

Dave Greenwood, chief engineer for Marussia, says Ellinas did an 'excellent' job and wants to see more of the youngster in the future: “It has been a real pleasure working with Tio today at what is an important mid-season aero test for the team,” he said.

“He has done an excellent job on his first outing in an F1 car and we look forward to seeing more of his potential in more representative circuit conditions at the Young Driver Test next month.

“We've had a good clear run at the day despite some damp conditions early on and this has enabled us to complete an extensive programme of aerodynamic evaluations which will yield benefit during the rest of this season and for our longer-term development.”




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Taz

June 19, 2013 3:08 PM

Well downforce is most important in the bends, in a straight line it's just creating drag and slowing the car down. I guess you won't learn to much doing straight line test. Common practice is to say your doing a GP2 test and then get your race drivers in (with plain helmets on) and do a sneaky 1000k test with next years tyres on a circuit used for testing F1 cars pre-season :)

palindrome1H

June 19, 2013 1:18 PM

Quick question for everyone. I've always been curious of these tests. Anyone know why these tests are not considered in season testing? I know it's just in a straight line but couldn't it actually help develop a car and it's downforce levels? Everytime I've seen these tests I've always wondered how they are legit. Any insight woul be ggreatly appreciated.



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