Marussia all smiles after Friday practice

© Ubaid Parkar, 16 March 2012
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Having failed to test its new car during any of the pre-season test sessions, Marussia hailed its first outing with the MR01 during Friday practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

The Russian team completed 49 laps racking up its first mileage of the year, although it did conduct a shakedown at Silverstone earlier on demo tyres.

"In P2 difficult again at the start but in dry conditions I was feeling very positive and it was good to be able to follow Red Bull for more than three laps!" Timo Glock said. "When I got back to the garage I was a bit surprised to see myself in P12, which doesn’t mean anything at this stage.

"There are a few smiles in the garage, which is nice to see," he added.

Team principal John Booth while content with the outing preferred to keep his feet on the ground. He did however point out that the mid-field time would "provide a great boost to the team".

“It’s a little early to be getting carried away with ourselves but equally we couldn’t have wished for a better start to our 2012 campaign," Booth said. "On a day when everything could have gone wrong for us - and the weather certainly did - we managed to give everyone in the team something to smile about after a pretty challenging few months back at base.

The sessions also had rookie Charles Pic taking part in his first Formula 1 weekend.

"Considering where he started the day, with very little experience of the car and some hair-raising track conditions, Charles conducted himself perfectly," Booth said. "It has been a tough test of his mettle and there is obviously plenty more in the tank, which we look forward to nurturing."


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