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Virgin again hit by technical problems on final day of pre-season test

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Virgin Racing completed the final pre-season test with Lucas di Grassi completing 49 laps at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Today signalled the end of three weeks of testing for the new team, as they try to get to the first race in Bahrain in the most competitive state possible. The team have had a few mechanical issues throughout testing, but overall take away many positives from the pre-season programme.

Nick Wirth, the technical director, explained that problems had again limited the number of laps the team could complete today, and suggested that Virgin were still some way behind most of the other teams in their car’s development. “Once again, our running today has been heavily compromised by the reoccurrence of the hydraulic leak. We have new components designed to fix this issue on their way for the Bahrain race and we're looking forward to putting that particular story behind us. Lucas did manage to conduct some productive race work but we leave Barcelona having never run a qualifying simulation or the super soft tyres that all our competitors are likely to have set their times on.”

Virgin Racing will spent the next couple of weeks preparing both race cars and spare parts for their debut race in Bahrain.

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