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Timo Glock's test record: 1,200 kilometers, but only virtually

Timo Glock's test results
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F he test drives for Timo Glock will take place with a delay. Others had twelve days in Jerez and Barcelona. He has a day in Melbourne. 180 minutes in which he has to get to know the new Marussia MR01. Ferrari couldn't do that with his car in 88 hours.

The hour of truth will strike for the Hessian on Saturday. Then he has to jump the 107 percent hurdle. And this time it could be very high. In the first qualification of the year, the top teams will not take any risks either and will drive to the full. 'I really don't know what to expect. I don't have the feeling of where we can place ourselves.'

Crash tests throw Marussia back

The way of the Marussia MR01 to the first race was a drama. The development schedule was knitted on the last groove because the racing team was in a state of upheaval after the separation from technical director Nick Wirth. Technical advisor Pat Symonds first had to build a new team. When the design of the new car began, two people were sitting in his office.

It was clear from the start that it was going to be a two-step plan. First of all, a basic car had to be built with which Timo Glock and Charles Pic could start the season. An aerodynamic facelift should be added later. The newly assembled aerodynamics team is currently working on this. If everything goes well, it will be ready for use at the start of the European season.

New Marussia tail falls through

But things don't always go well. Marussia can tell you a thing or two about it. The test premiere of the new car was actually planned for the second week in Barcelona. But shortly before that, the car had failed the rear-end crash test for the third time. 'We passed all the other crash tests with ease. It only depended on one of them,' says Glock angrily.

Symonds has redesigned the shape of the crash structure in the rear. In the first crash test, the target was only just missed. So maybe you approached the second with a touch of too much self-confidence. And failed again. Then nervousness spread. That was never helpful. The third test didn't work either. 'We don't have this huge team that can react immediately to all problems. At some point we ran out of time,' Glock defends his team.

More kilometers in the simulator than on the track

So he had to pass by MondayWait a week until he could cover the first kilometers in the new car. Marussia booked Silverstone for two film days 13 days before the start of the season. 'You drive with demo tires, so you can't say much. The feeling was pretty good, but it was just a feeling.'

Nevertheless, Glock already knows his new car very well. He's already spent three days with him in the McLaren simulator. 'Three days are around 1,200 kilometers,' calculates the Marussia pilot. If you can believe the simulator, then the 107 percent hurdle will not be a problem. The data promise a big step forward. Glock fends off anyway: 'I'm careful because we don't have that much simulator experience yet.'


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