After the problems on day one of the Young Driver Test at Silverstone that saw just 58 minutes of running completed in the afternoon session, Marussia were delighted to complete their scheduled programme with Rodolfo Gonzalez on day two.
Chilton suffered ECU problems in the afternoon of day one but Gonzalez had a trouble-free day at the wheel of the MR02, completing plenty of mileage and gaining valuable experience driving F1 machinery.
The team is pleased with the results after trying out and testing a range of new parts and evaluating the Pirelli tyres. Gonzalez said after jumping out of the car: “It’s been really good to be back in the MR02 and for a whole day rather than the 90 minute FP1 sessions I have taken part in so far. I’ve had a really full programme today and I’ve been able to put some longer runs together and find a good rhythm. After a very intensive day I’m looking forward to getting back in the car tomorrow morning to finish the work we started today and focus more on some performance runs.”
Team Principal John Booth said: “Today has been a more productive day. This was the first opportunity in a long time for us to perform testing with many sets of tyres and so the focus of our programme has been to evaluate a whole series of test items that have been in our development plan for some time.”
He added that they were not chasing lap times and were ecstatic with the data and information that resulted from their scheduled runs: “As is usual, when carrying out this work we have not really been focusing on lap times but more engineering comparisons. We are pleased with the results of the test in the areas of control systems, suspension and set-up oriented around the new tyres. We have gathered a large amount of data which will be analysed over the coming days before Budapest and hopefully some of the items that we have worked on will yield benefit.”
The Venezuelan propped up the time sheets and completed 92 laps. He will drive the MR02 on Friday morning before handing the car over to race driver Jules Bianchi where he will be focusing on the new Pirelli tyres.
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