It’s been a difficult week for the Marussia F1 Team in the build up to their home GP – the British Formula 1™.
Maria De Villota was badly hurt in a test track crash at Duxford airfield in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday. Maria underwent extensive surgery after the accident and tragically ended up losing her right eye. Her condition is critical but stable and her family are taking comfort from the overwhelming support Maria has received from all corners of the globe. We, the employees of the UK2 Group, would like to offer our support to Maria and her Family during this difficult time and we wish her a speedy recovery. You can read the full story here.
The accident has affected everyone at the Marussia F1 Team and I’m sure it has been tough to look on the future positively. Maria’s health is the Marussia F1 Teams first concern but hopefully they can pull together during this difficult time and challenge for places at the British Formula 1™.
Marussia were hoping to introduce some upgrades to the MR01 for the British Formula and we have yet to receive confirmation that they managed to implement these upgrades in time for this race. Timo Glock and Charles Pic will be looking to improve on the positive start they’ve had to the campaign and these upgrades will hopefully help them to get the extra pace they need to challenge for places.
John Booth, Marussia Team Principal, had this to say about the recent upgrades: “We have a fairly significant upgrade for this race, comprising a new rear wing, exhausts, floor and side pods.
“I would have to describe this as our ‘first proper wind-tunnel generated upgrade of the season’ – we’ve had some smaller parts in Malaysia and China, and a few small iterations recently, but this is the first fully developed package that is not just a modification of existing elements.
“We look forward to seeing what this brings when we will be integrating the developments into our correlation programme.”
We would like to wish the Marussia F1 Team the best of luck for the British Formula 1™ and we hope they can secure a point for Maria and her family.