The Marussia MR02 was introduced at Jerez before the start of its 2013 F1 campaign. But even if the pre-season testing schedule has already begun, the team still doesn’t have a second driver. Max Chilton is left as the only team member for Marussia after lead driver Timo Glock was released for financial reasons.
There are rumors that fellow rookie Luiz Razia is in line to fill the vacant slot. However, no contract has been agreed yet. Marussia is highly confident about the MR02 as it is the first product of the new technical structure of this team. In the middle of the 2011 season, Marussia split with Wirth research and it took back its design in-house, with more reliance on wind tunnel development. It also brought former Benetton and Renault technical chief Pat Symonds as a consultant.
Caterham had beaten Marussia to 10th place in the 2012 F1 Constructors' championship. Caterham has recently presented its 2013 F1 car at Jerez. The CT03 will start pre-season testing today with a new team of drivers. Charles Pic has been transferred from Marussia while previous Caterham test pilot Giedo van der Garde was given a permanent drive.
After getting to tenth place in the Constructors' championship last season, Caterham aims to do better than the Marussia once again. But this may be even more difficult in 2013 due to the loss of experienced drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov. In addition, the CT03 is an evolution of last season's car instead of a clean-sheet design. On Friday, the first stint of pre-season testing finishes at Jerez. The teams will go to Barcelona on February 19.