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'First proper wind-tunnel generated upgrade' for Marussia
30 June 2012
Marussia boss John Booth has confirmed that the outfit will utilise its 'first proper wind-tunnel generated upgrade of the season' at the British Grand Prix next weekend.
The updates will be crucial for the team as it looks to improve the MR01 and close the gap to the midfield.
Thus far this season the best results achieved by the outfit has been two 14th places and drivers' Timo Glock and Charles Pic will hoping the updates allow them to at least close up on the Caterhams.
Speaking ahead of the ninth round in the 2012 F1 World Championship, Booth also revealed that they will conduct some straight line-tests at Duxford Airfield ahead of the event.
“We have a fairly significant upgrade for this race, comprising a new rear wing, exhausts, floor and side pods,” Booth said. “I would have to describe this as our 'first proper wind-tunnel generated upgrade of the season'; we've had some smaller parts in Malaysia and China, and a few small iterations recently, but this is the first fully developed package that is not just a modification of existing elements.
“That is a big result in itself, aside from the performance step we hope it will bring us, as it means we have caught up with ourselves in terms of the diligent way in which we have approached and developed our Technical Partnership.
“We look forward to seeing what this brings, both at Silverstone and at Duxford Airfield beforehand, when we will be integrating the developments into our correlation programme. Duxford will also be the first of our Test Driver Maria De Villota's scheduled track days. She has been waiting patiently all year for this date to come around, so we look forward to seeing her in the car for the first time.”
Glock and Pic meanwhile are both keen to see what affect the updates have: “Silverstone is a very important weekend for the whole team, so I'm looking forward to it and happy that the problems of Valencia are behind me,” said Glock, who had to miss the European GP due to a stomach bug.
“We have some substantial upgrade developments which I hope will give us a little step forward and ensure we can have a good showing. Silverstone is a track I really enjoy; one of my favourites. Overall, I can't wait to get back in the car.”
Pic shares those sentiments: “I am now eager to see the new aero package results on the track. It is quite a comprehensive step for the team and the result of a really collaborative effort,” he added. “Having turned the corner a little bit in the race in Valencia, I hope we can continue this way and that the package will have a positive contribution.
“I am optimistic for a good weekend. It is also good news that Timo will be back with us,” he concluded.
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