Its a strange one, I expected Marussia to be ahead of HRT to bring their new car to testing plus they started early in designing the car.
If HRT and Marussia are within 4 seconds of ultimate pace, they have done well with €30/40m budgets I think.
Couple of quotes from one of the last Marussia articles - http://www.autosport...t.php/id/97162:
"Whilst this is not ideal, and not the timescale we had intended to work to, we will at least get some important running with the new car ahead of Australia and hopefully gain more constructive track time than we might otherwise have achieved had we rushed the car out for the second test."
"As our Technical Consultant Pat Symonds has stated publicly, the MR01 will be almost entirely 'new', with very little carryover from 2011. The new car also has some interesting and complex mechanical concepts and it is taking time for us to get to grips with these.
The thing with the MVR-02, is that I had high hopes of them fighting with Torro Rosso, but the way it was, TR had closed a considerable gap to the front runners last season. This MR-01 car is going to be later than normal, from the articles I really hope like crazy it's only good things coming this season for them!
Edited by lambylamby, 05 February 2012 - 21:38.