Posted on January 30, 2014


Marussia today rolled out its 2014 challenger in Jerez, the first car from the Banbury based team to be powered by Ferrari. Now in its fifth season of F1 competition, the team rolls into the new season with a spring in its step after securing the coveted 10th place in the Constructor’s Championship last season. So far the Ferrari power train seems to have been behaving itself in the early running for the teams in Jerez and the technical design group at Marussia, under the experienced John McQuilliam, has produced a car which the team hopes will challenge for a More…

Posted on January 11, 2014


Marussia have confirmed an unchanged driver line-up for 2014 after today announcing that Max Chilton will retain his seat alongside Jules Bianchi. This makes Caterham the only team yet to confirm their drivers with Charles Pic, Giedo van der Garde and GP2′s Marcus Ericsson the leading contenders. For Chilton, who set a record in his rookie season last year of completing every race had a question mark surrounding his 2014 plans given his financial backing and the opportunity to change teams. But after the confirmation of Sauber and Force India’s line-ups prior to the new year it was expected that More…

Posted on October 26, 2013


The Marussia F1 team has been waiting a long time, but this weekend in India it was announced that they have finally signed a bilateral commercial agreement with Bernie Ecclestone which brings them into line with the other ten teams in F1. The deal means that all the teams in F1 are now tied in until 2020, while a bilateral agreement is also in place between Ecclestone’s company and the FIA. Bearing in mind that the leading teams like Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull signed commercial agreements with Ecclestone in March 2012, it has taken a long time for Marussia More…

Posted on January 21, 2013


The Marussia F1 team has confirmed this morning that Timo Glock will not be driving its car this season. The 11th hour announcement, just two weeks before the start of the F1 pre-season tests, came with an acknowledgement from the team that this move was forced by a need to survive financially; Glock was paid a salary by the team and clearly his replacement will be a driver with a solid budget. Given the Russian connections and sponsor backing that Vitaly Petrov enjoys, it looks very much as though he will be the replacement. “The ongoing challenges facing the industry More…

Posted on December 28, 2012


In the fourth of our team-mates analysis pieces here on JA on F1 we’ve turned the spotlight on the back of the grid and the intriguing youth versus experience duel that took place at Marussia. Young Frenchman Charles Pic became the vastly experienced Timo Glock’s third different rookie team-mate in as many seasons at the start of the year, the latter eight years older than the 22-year-old GP2 graduate. Unsurprisingly therefore given their relative experience levels, Glock continued to be Marussia’s lead driver in both name and reality: the German outqualifying Pic 13 times and recording a better race finish More…

Posted on December 18, 2012


[Updated] Britain will have four drivers on the F1 grid next season after Max Chilton was confirmed in the second Marussia seat for 2013. The 21-year-old from Reigate impressed with two wins in GP2 this year, ultimately finishing fourth in the standings, with Marussia’s junior team and his promotion to a race seat at the senior F1 outfit seemed inevitable after he was announced as its reserve driver from the Japanese GP and made his race weekend debut in first practice in Abu Dhabi. Chilton, who is likely to bring a budget with him given his father is the vice-chairman More…

Posted on October 2, 2012


Marussia team president Graeme Lowden fears that the implementation of the costly 2014 engine regulations will put the futures of numerous Formula 1 teams on the line. Despite the in-development 1.6 litre, turbocharged V6 engines, and accompanying energy efficient systems, being less than 18 months away from their scheduled introduction, the new engine formula continues to prove a divisive issue with concerns over the cost of the technology for customer teams in particular. In recent days Bernie Ecclestone, a long-time critic of the 2014 rules, renewed his calls for the engines to be canned, suggesting that FIA president Jean Todt More…

Posted on July 16, 2012


Marussia F1 team has issued a carefully worded statement today saying that after internal and external investigations into the accident at Duxford this month which hospitalised Maria de Villota, a technical problem with the car has been ruled out. John Booth, the Marussia team principal said, “We are satisfied that the findings of our internal investigation exclude the car as a factor in the accident.” Although the report does not say it explicitly, the implication is that the accident was down to the driver. De Villota, the team’s test driver, who had just completed the first straight line aero testing More…

Posted on July 11, 2012


Marussia F1 team has put out a very encouraging statement this evening regarding the condition of Maria de Villota, who was badly injured in a straight line testing accident at Duxford last week. “Despite severe injuries, Maria’s recovery.. has been remarkable,” said the statement, which was issued with the blessing of the De Villota family. It continued: “Following two successful surgical procedures in the days following the accident, last Saturday the medical team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital began to gradually reduce the level of Maria’s sedation. By Sunday morning, Maria was awake and able to speak to her family, which provided More…

Posted on July 4, 2012


The Marussia team has confirmed that Maria de Villota has lost her right eye and remains in a “critical but stable condition” following her accident at Duxford Airfield on Tuesday. The Spanish test driver, carrying out her first day of straightline aerodynamic testing for the team, made contact with a support truck at the end of her first installation run in the MR-01 and following treatment by paramedics was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. The 32-year-old regained consciousness at the hospital but was confirmed as having sustained serious head and facial injuries. On Wednesday afternoon Marussia provided an update More…

Posted on July 3, 2012


[Updated 16:00 BST) Maria de Villota, the Marussia test driver, has been seriously injured in a straight line aero test session at Duxford Aerodrome, according to local emergency services. De Villota was in the early stages of a day of driving the Marussia car for the first time in the programme when she made contact with a truck. An exact report of what happened has not been issued yet, but it seems she was at the end of an initial run and was manoeuvring close to the team's operations tent, when she ran into the tailgate of a support truck, More…

Posted on March 7, 2012


Marussia has paved the way for a female driver to compete in an official Formula 1 test at the end of the year by signing Spaniard Maria De Villota to a test driver role. The 32-year-old is the daughter of former F1 driver Emilio de Villota, who made two grands prix starts in the late 1970s, and made her F1 test bow for Lotus Renault at Paul Ricard last year. She has also had race experience in Formula Palmer Audi and the football-themed Superleague. Marussia team principal John Booth said: “We are pleased to welcome Maria to our test driver More…

Posted on March 5, 2012


Marussia today belatedly rolled out its 2012 car for the first of two filming days at Silverstone and in the process pointedly drew a line under the design philosophy of the team’s first two years in Formula 1 – describing the new MR01 as a “ground-up re-evaluation of the way the team designs its racing cars”. The team, which is now named after the Russian sportscar company that holds the majority stake, famously pioneered an all-CFD approach with the VR-01 and MVR-02 but after an underwhelming start to last year parted company with technical director Nick Wirth and set about More…

Posted on February 27, 2012


Marussia has become the latest team to run into problems with its 2012 car, the Russian-backed team tonight announcing that its new MR01 has failed the final FIA crash test and as a result forced it out of this week’s final pre-season test. The Banbury-based outfit had been hoping to roll out the first car to be built in-house in time for the start of Thursday’s four-day test, having run with last year’s machine during the first Barcelona test last week. However, those plans have now been scuppered following news that the MR01 has failed the 18th and final crash More…



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