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Technical problem to delay Marussia’s testing this week (UPDATED)

Jan 27, 2014, 3:35 PM EST

UPDATED (3:35 p.m. ET): Marussia has now officially confirmed through Twitter that their 2014 Formula One testing debut will indeed be delayed:

Autosport first reported that Marussia would have to wait to debut their new MR03 machine during this week’s test at Jerez after an unspecified technical glitch was apparently found on the Ferrari-powered machine during “sign-off” procedures at the team’s factory in Banbury, England.

Team principal John Booth told the publication that Marussia intends to send the MR03 on to Jerez de la Frontera, Spain after the issue – which he called a “small and frustrating teething problem” – is worked out in Banbury.

Autosport noted that while it’s unclear how long it will take for the team to solve the issue, there’s enough time for the new car to hit the track this week.

Marussia was among a group of teams scheduled to officially debut their respective 2014 cars tomorrow in Jerez on the first day of the test session. That group still includes: World Champion Red Bull (RB10 w/Renault power), Mercedes (W05), Force India (VJM07 w/Mercedes power), Williams (FW36 w/Mercedes power) and Caterham (w/Renault power).

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