Marussia test debut delayed by tech glitches

A last-minute technical glitch at Marussia means that the team’s 2014 debut at Jerez will be delayed slightly.

Pat Symonds and RenaultSport engineer at the Jerez circuit

Pat Symonds and RenaultSport engineer at the Jerez circuit

Marussia was slated to join the Formula One fraternity for all four days of the opening pre-season test at the Jerez circuit where it would not only be getting to grips with the new regulations, but also a new engine supplier in Ferrari.

But, a last minute technical fault was discovered at the factory, meaning the team will have to wait to debut its car ahead of the 2014 season. The team felt this issue was best addressed at the team’s factory in Banbury rather than at the track.

Speaking to AUTOSPORT, team principal John Booth said: “While our car build ran pretty much according to schedule, we have encountered a small and frustrating teething problem, which we have been working to resolve back at the Marussia Technical Centre in Banbury.

“It makes sense to address this while we still have all of the equipment and technical personnel in one place.

“Our aim is to solve this issue as soon as possible and send the MR03 on its way to Jerez, where the team have set up and are awaiting its arrival.”

Lotus’s absence from the opening preseason test has gained a lot of publicity, and experts question the reasoning behind the team’s conscious decision to do so. Should Marussia miss a significant amount of track time, they too could be on the back foot heading into the season opener in Australia.

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