Marussia MR02

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Marussia MR02
Jules Bianchi 2013 Malaysia FP1.jpg
CategoryFormula One
Designer(s)Pat Symonds (Technical Director)[1]
Nikolay Fomenko (Engineering Director)
John McQuilliam (Chief Designer)
Richard Taylor (Head of Aerodynamics)
PredecessorMarussia MR01
SuccessorMarussia MR03
Technical specifications[2][3]
ChassisMoulded carbon fibre composite monocoque incorporating front and side impact structures
Suspension (front)Carbon fibre pushrod double wishbone suspension, with Penske dampers
Suspension (rear)Carbon fibre pullrod double wishbone suspension, with Penske dampers
Length4,995 mm (197 in)
Width1,800 mm (71 in)
Height950 mm (37 in)
Wheelbase3,400 mm (134 in)
EngineCosworth CA2013K[1][4] 2.4 L (146 cu in) V8 (90°). naturally aspirated, 18,000 RPM limited with Williams Advanced Engineering KERS, mid-mounted.
TransmissionXtrac 1044 sequential semi-automatic 7-speed sport gearbox electronically-controlled paddle shift including reverse
Weightat least 642 kg (1,415 lb) (including driver)[5]
FuelBP Ultimate 94.25% 102 RON unleaded gasoline + 5.75% biofuel
LubricantsCastrol EDGE
TyresPirelli P Zero (dry), Cinturato (wet)[6]
BBS Wheels (front and rear): 13"
Competition history
Notable entrantsMarussia F1 Team
Notable drivers22. France Jules Bianchi[7]
23. United Kingdom Max Chilton[8]
Debut2013 Australian Grand Prix

The Marussia MR02[4] is a Formula One racing car designed under the leadership of Marussia's Technical Director Pat Symonds.[1] It made its competitive debut in the 2013 Formula One season where it was driven by debutant drivers Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi,[7][8] who replaced Luiz Razia, the team's original choice for the seat.[9] The car was launched at the Circuito de Jerez on 5 February, making the MR02 the first car that Marussia (and its predecessor Virgin Racing) has completed in time to start winter testing.[1][10]


Technical staff changes[edit]

After being suspended from the sport for his role in the race-fixing controversy of 2009,[11] Pat Symonds took on the role of consultant to the Marussia team (then known as Virgin Racing) in 2011. His suspension was lifted at the end of the 2012 season, allowing Symonds to actively participate in the development of the MR02. Under his direction, Marussia abandoned the exclusive use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD)—a method developed by former chief designer Nick Wirth—to develop their car, and instead used conventional techniques such as scale models and wind tunnels, with CFD used to complement rather than dominate the design process.[1] In addition, Marussia formed a technical partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies,[1] the technical development arm of Formula One team McLaren and its parent company, to use their wind tunnel facilities.

Energy recovery systems[edit]

The MR02 was the first car built by Marussia to use the Kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) device since the system was reintroduced in 2011.[12] The car used a KERS device designed by Williams F1, based on the design that Williams used when they were a customer of Marussia's engine supplier, Cosworth, in 2011.[4]

Exhaust configuration[edit]

The car was launched with a partial Coandă effect exhaust system,[1] the concept of which had been developed by other teams throughout the 2012 season.[13][14][15] The Coandă system uses the curved bodywork of the car to direct the flow of exhaust gases over the rear diffuser, generating increased downforce.[16]

Competition history[edit]

The MR02 made its competitive debut at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix. In difficult conditions, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton qualified in nineteenth and twentieth place, ahead of their closest rivals, the Caterhams drivers Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde.[17] Bianchi went on to finish the race in fifteenth place, one lap behind eventual winner Kimi Räikkönen. Chilton finished in seventeenth place, two laps behind Räikkönen.[18] At the next race in Malaysia, Bianchi took advantage of a string of retirements to finish thirteenth overall, once again ahead of the Caterham drivers. Chilton went on to finish sixteenth, as the final classified driver.[19]

The car received its first technical updates at the Chinese Grand Prix,[20] where Bianchi and Chilton finished in fifteenth and seventeenth place respectively, once again ahead of the Caterhams. Charles Pic out-qualified and finished ahead of both MR02s in Bahrain, but the team retained their position in the World Constructors' Championship courtesy of Bianchi's thirteenth-place finish in Malaysia.

The team eventually finished a de facto tenth in the Constructors' Championship, with no points but ahead of Caterham due to a better finishing record.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers Grands Prix Points WCC
2013 Marussia F1 Team Cosworth CA2013K P Jules Bianchi 15 13 15 19 18 Ret 17 16 Ret 16 18 19 18 16 Ret 18 20 18 17 0 10th
Max Chilton 17 16 17 20 19 14 19 17 19 17 19 20 17 17 19 17 21 21 19


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  12. ^ Benson, Andrew (23 June 2010). "Changes made to F1". BBC. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  13. ^ Beamer, John (28 February 2012). "McLaren's exhaust solution examined". F1 Fanatic. Keith Collantine. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  14. ^ Beamer, John (5 July 2012). "How Ferrari solved their exhaust problem". F1 Fanatic. Keith Collantine. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  15. ^ "Lotus to bring in Coanda-style exhaust for Korea". Haymarket Publications. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  16. ^ "McLaren MP4-27 – exhaust positioning". Formula One Administration. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2013. The hot air is guided by an assortment of curved surfaces which surround the exhaust [...] as the surfaces curve away from the flow of air, low pressure builds, which in turn forces the air to remain attached to those surfaces.
  17. ^ Collantine, Keith (16 March 2013). "Australian GP qualifying postponed to Sunday morning". F1 Fanatic. Keith Collantine. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  18. ^ "2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix — Results". Formula One Administration. 17 March 2013. Archived from the original on March 20, 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  19. ^ "2013 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix — Results". Formula One Administration. 24 March 2013. Archived from the original on May 4, 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  20. ^ Collantine, Keith (8 April 2013). "New parts boost for Marussia in China". F1 Fanatic. Keith Collantine. Retrieved 9 April 2013.

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