Marussia fails crash test, will not run at Barcelona

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Marussia have failed the one remaining crash test for its car recently, resulting in the unability to run its new car at the next and final pre-season F1 test, starting on March 1 at Barcelona. Due to this failure, the team also announced that it will not take part in this test at all.

In a statements released today by the team, Marussia confirmed that 17 tests were ok, but that it is not allowed to run its new car unless all manadatory FIA crash tests are passsed.

"All cars are required to pass 18 FIA-observed tests for homologation to be granted. Despite the fact that the MR01 has passed all 17 of the preceding tests, the regulations require the car to have completed all of the tests before running commences," said the statement.

"The team will now not take part in the final pre-season test in Barcelona later this week (1-4 March) and will instead focus its efforts on repeating the crash test at the end of the week."

Marussia is the last team to do the crash tests after HRT succeeded them a few days ago. The Spanish team itself is planned to test its new car at Barcelona, although it is not yet clear when they will first field the car.