Stars of the Future Shine in Pirelli Test as MR03B Retires Gracefully

The Manor Marussia F1 Team completed its planned programme in today’s Pirelli Tyre Test in Abu Dhabi, with the MR03B continuing to underline its credentials as one of the most reliable cars in F1 history.

The 115 laps achieved today at Yas Marina Circuit bring the total mileage tally for the MR03/MR03Bs to an incredible 44,798kms. Chassis 2, Will Stevens’ race car and today’s test car, completed an impressive 20,001kms of those single-handedly.

At the wheel today were 22 year old Indonesian Rio Haryanto and the team’s 2015 Development Driver, 21 year old Briton, Jordan King. Both competed in this year’s GP2 Series, where the team has been keeping an eye on their significant progress this season.

Rio conducted the morning session, completing 56 laps and achieving a fastest lap time of 1:49.593. Jordan, driving a Formula 1 car for the first time in his racing career, took over the reins this afternoon and achieved 59 laps, posting an impressive time of 1:49.661 considering this was his first outing.

Jordan King #43

“My first time at the wheel of an F1 car has been an incredible experience and I can’t thank Manor enough for providing me with this opportunity. Today’s Pirelli test had a very specific focus and I was determined to make the most of this chance to show my development capability as well as my potential for the future. We had a trouble-free day, so I could really get stuck into the plan, and this enabled me to build my confidence as the afternoon progressed. I was really fortunate to drive the car for 59 laps and I’m pleased with my lap time considering all the elements of the programme. I can’t wait to do it again sometime. Soon, I hope!”