Marussia has been forced to delay the debut of its new F1 challenger following a last minute technical glitch.

The MR03 had been due to hit the track for the first day of pre-season testing in Spain today alongside the majority of its rivals, but those plans were changed after an unspecified issue with the car was found.

Rather than trying to fix the issue at the circuit, Marussia instead elected to resolve the problem back at its Banbury base before the car left for Jerez.

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Marussia's test team is already set up and in place at the circuit awaiting the arrival of the car, which could now hit the track on Wednesday.

"We're very pleased to report that the MR03 is now on its way to Jerez," the team revealed. "Well done team for resolving the issue. Our garage awaits you!"

Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton will stay on as the drivers for 2014, with Marussia switching to Ferrari power for the new season.