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Report: Marussia looking to debut new car at Jerez

Jan 11, 2014, 10:45 AM EST

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With Max Chilton officially confirmed for another year at Marussia, last year’s 10th-place constructor is now focusing its attentions on getting its 2014 challenger ready to go for preseason testing.

Graeme Lowdon, the team’s sporting director, has told British F1 broadcaster Sky Sports that the team is on course to debut its new car for drivers Chilton and Jules Bianchi during the first preseason sessions later this month at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

“Every team is working towards [running in Jerez] – testing time in Formula 1 is incredibly limited, so if it is there and you can use it, you want to use it,” Lowdon told Sky’s William Esler.

“That said, there are a thousand tiny components that can stop you or slow you. But hopefully we will be there, that is what we are hoping for.”

Marussia’s driver continuity remains intact – in fact, it’s one of just two F1 squads so far that have retained a 2013 driver pairing for this season – but with revamped technical regulations and their own switch to Ferrari power, there’s still plenty of new things to work through for the Banbury squad.

However, Lowdon is optimistic that Marussia will push further ahead and that they’ll benefit especially from the Ferrari partnership – saying to Sky that while the new V-6 turbo power units are a “big challenge” to handle, the team is “relishing it as we are going in there with a very strong partner.”

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