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Marussia Unveil MR02 In Jerez

Marussia has revealed its 2013 Formula One World Championship, the MR02, in Jerez ahead of the first pre-season test.

The Anglo-Russian outfit’s car is the first designed by its new Pat Symonds-consulted technical team, which used windtunnel technology for the first time, and is its first car to feature a KERS package, supplied by Williams.

Despite this, the team parted with experienced driver Timo Glock, who had been with the team since its Manor/Virgin days in 2010, looking for a funded driver. GP2 runner-up Luiz Razia has been strongly linked to the seat but as yet there has been no official confirmation.

The car will be driven in Tuesday’s test by their new rookie driver Max Chilton.

Team principal John Booth said: “We embark on the first pre-season test of 2013 feeling very positive about our new car – the MR02 – and what lies ahead in this next important chapter in the development of the Marussia F1 Team.

“It was said many times during 2012 that, notwithstanding the impressive steps we were taking in other areas of our development, KERS – or the lack of it – was the defining factor in determining our position relative to our immediate competitors.

“It is early days in our pre-season development programme but there is a great deal of optimism amongst the Team for what lies ahead. With that in mind, we all look forward to seeing the MR02 make its on-track debut later this morning.”