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The Marussia team have fallen foul of the new rule this year that forces teams to have their cars pass all the crash tests before being allowed to participate in any pre-season running. The team were planning to unveil the new car at the Barcelona test this week, but have failed the final crash test - the 17th of 18 strict tests.
They issued a statement confirming: “The team will now not take part in the final pre-season test in Barcelona later this week, and will instead focus its efforts on repeating the crash test at the end of the week.”
Meanwhile, Autosport reports that the HRT team have managed to pass all the mandatory crash tests with the new car, but still may not participate in testing this week as they still need time to get the car ready.
Both teams have been pushing back the reveal of their new contenders, and as the season draws closer it may be that their first running with the new machinery comes in Free Practice 1 in Australia.
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