The first time that Marussia Racing’s 2012 challenger will run in anger will be in the first practice session for the Australian Grand Prix in a little over three weeks time, after the team confirmed that its MR01 chassis had failed the mandatory FIA crash test. The setback means that the team will be unable to run its car at the final pre-season test, which starts on Thursday.
Under the sport’s new safety rules, all 2012 cars must first pass the FIA’s mandatory 18 crash tests in order for homologation to be granted; the MR01 passed all but one of these crash tests.
Along with fellow backmarkers HRT, the team has been in a race against time to prepare its 2012 cars for at least some pre-season running; the Spanish team also failed the FIA crash test on its F112 challenger, which forced it to miss last week’s second pre-season test at Barcelona.
A second round of crash tests met with the FIA’s seal of approval, and there are some reports stemming from Spain that claim that the Madrid-based outfit will be present at the final pre-season test.