Marussia Virgin Racing's Jerome D'Ambrosio lost time with a gearbox problem on Monday as the penultimate F1 2011 pre-season test came to a close at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

The Belgian, who was back behind the wheel after team-mate Timo Glock took over the MVR-02 for days two and three, spent the morning focusing on set-up runs, pit-stop practice and practice starts.

However a late morning gearbox issue then confined him to the garage and while he did get back out later on in the afternoon, it meant he could only do 50 tours in total - his best lap a 1m 26.501s.

"It was a shame not to have more time in the car today, but I have to say that I'm happy with my last test day in Barcelona," D'Ambrosio insisted. "The car has improved a lot if we compare it to the first day of testing, and that is a good sign.

"The immediate focus will be working through all the data we have gathered and I'll be spending time in the simulator later this week to ensure we keep moving forward."

Despite the problems, team principal, John Booth meanwhile was pleased with how they managed to get the car fixed.

"We lost a bit of running today but we have to be happy with what we've achieved at this test. It has been extremely productive and the lessons learned will improve our performance significantly in readiness for the first race of the season," he continued.

"What we take away from this test most of all is how far we've come as a team in the space of just 12 months. This time last year, a problem like the one we encountered today would have brought us to our knees, but it's a measure of the strength of our operation now that we came back from this setback and got ourselves out on track again in such a short space of time to bank crucial development mileage.

"We have gathered an enormous amount of information to review and feed back into the development cycle.

"With the landscape having changed significantly with regard to the season opener, we will use the extra time to review every aspect of our racing operation to ensure that we are fully prepared and ready for when the lights do go green," he concluded.



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