Marussia Racing

Marussia’s newly-launched 2012 challenger, the MR01, has finally passed the mandatory FIA crash test, meaning that it will now be allowed to run with the other cars in first practice at the Australian Grand Prix in less than two weeks time.

The car had initially failed the last of the eighteen crash tests its chassis was required to undergo, which ultimately meant that it had to miss the final pre-season test last week at Barcelona while it reinforced the design of its Cosworth-powered car.

The team was finally able to launch its car on Monday and participate in a brief ‘filming day’ shakedown at Silverstone with drivers Timo Glock and Charles Pic.

At the time, the team confirmed it had passed an ‘unobserved’ crash test, but a test requires official sign-off from an FIA observer, which has since taken place.

“After a challenging few weeks for the team, we are pleased to have overcome the last hurdle of the final FIA-observed crash test, which we passed,” the team’s technical consultant, Pat Symonds, is quoted as saying.

“We were all thrilled to see the new car out on track over the past two days and whilst we have a lot of catching up to do, we take heart from the fact that everything is back on a more positive trajectory. We now look forward to the challenge of the season-opener in Melbourne next weekend.”

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.