Marussia announce they will launch the MR02 ahead of the first day of Jerez test

Rookie Max Chilton will drive new charger on Tuesday

By Pete Gill.   Last Updated: 01/02/13 9:52am

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Chilton to be given his testing debut on Tuesday

Chilton to be given his testing debut on Tuesday

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Marussia have announced that they will launch their new car, the MR02, next Tuesday prior to the first day of winter testing.

With the launch season already underway, Marussia are the last of the eleven teams to announce their plans and will join Caterham in launching on the morning of Tuesday February 5th.

Two others teams - Mercedes and Toro Rosso - are also set for a Jerez launch, with the WO4 and STR8 cars scheduled to be unveiled on Monday afternoon.

Testing on Sky Sports

From dawn to dusk, Sky Sports Online will be providing live interactive commentary from trackside at both Jerez and Barcelona on every day of testing this winter, while Sky Sports News will be providing regular live updates from the tests, starting with Jerez on February 5-8.

A round-up show featuring the day's interviews from Jerez will go out at 9pm each evening of the test on Sky Sports F1.

Following the sudden departure of Timo Glock from the team two weeks ago, a race-seat vacancy still exists at Marussia with the team yet to confirm the identity of Max Chilton's team-mate. Marussia have, though, revealed that Chilton will drive the MR02 on Tuesday and that 'the rest of the testing schedule will also be communicated then.'

2013 car launches
Lotus - January 28th, Enstone.
McLaren - January 31st, Woking.
Force India - February 1st, Silverstone.
Ferrari - February 1st, Maranello.
Sauber - February 2nd, Hinwil.
Red Bull - February 3rd, Milton Keynes.
Mercedes - February 4th, Jerez.
Toro Rosso - February 4th, Jerez.
Caterham - February 5th, Jerez.
Marussia - February 5th, Jerez.
Williams - February 19th, Barcelona.

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