Marussia and Caterham have both launched their 2013 competitors at Jerez. The circuit which this week is holding the first of three pre-season tests, also played host to Mercedes and Toro Rosso unveilings yesterday.
Marussia’s design has changed notably, losing the dark red in place of a lighter shade of red with a black streak running the length of the car. The team has also opted to run with the vanity panel to conceal the unsightly stepped nose.
Max Chilton will be taking the MR02 out for its first taste of track action today as his team-mate is yet to be announced. It would seem that Luiz Razia is to be the new pay driver that caused Glock’s departure from the team, as the Brazilian has changed his website to list himself as their driver for the 2013 season.
Marussia have stayed silent on the news with an announcement expected this morning.
Caterham also launched their car this morning. Running with an almost identical livery, the Malaysian team have removed the yellow livery from the nose cone, leaving almost everything else as it was.
The team have also opted not to run with the vanity panel, leaving the so-called ‘platypus nose’ on display, as have Lotus and Red Bull.
Charles Pic who is leaving Marussia, has joined the team for 2013 and will be partnered by Dutchman Giedo van der Garde who was announced as the teams new driver last friday.
Van der Garde will take the new CT-03 out for two days of testing before finally handing it over to Pic who will pilot the Caterham for the final two testing days.
Williams are the only team not to have launched their car, running with their 2012 model in Jerez. They are expected to launch their car shortly before the first Catalunya pre-season test.