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Marussia considers programme change

20 February 2013

Marussia says it may elect to change its plan for the remainder of the latest F1 test in Barcelona after Max Chilton was unable to complete his planned programme on Wednesday.

The Briton was spending his second day at the wheel of the new MR02 and was seeking to build on his performance on Tuesday, where he managed to log 65 laps of the Catalunya circuit.

Wednesday's running however saw Chilton spend much of the day working on practice starts and systems checks, meaning he was unable to focus on improving his lap-times aside from one quick run late in the day.

Having been limited to 67 laps, Marussia may now elect to restructure the remainder of the test to give the Briton more track time to work on his performance programme.

“Today has been one of those days where the benefit of our efforts is perhaps more evident within the engineering community rather than to the outside world looking in,” team boss John Booth said. “On paper, we have obviously completed less mileage than some of the other teams and we haven't been able to focus on outright performance. Max was only able to begin this work right at the very end of the day and his lap was good for P10, which is a nice reward for what has been a rather laborious programme for him.

“We have ticked off some important items on our pre-season checklist but we do have some set-up work that we need to complete with Max, so we will likely restructure the remaining two days of the test. We are pleased with the information we have been gathering and how this is being rolled back into the development programme for the next test and beyond. It's good to be exploring all facets of the new car in a testing situation and to be making clear progress with any issues or areas for improvement.”


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