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NICK Wirth, the technical director of Marussia Virgin Racing, feels the Dinnington-based team have learned plenty about their new MRV-02 car following the second pre-season testing session in Jerez.

Timo Glock and Jérôme d’Ambrosio got their first taste of the upgrade in Spain, completing 216 laps between them of the Circuito de Velocidad over four days.

Over the weekend, it was d’Ambrosio who was behind the wheel and the rookie Belgian went round 45 laps of the circuit on Sunday before Marussia experienced an engine problem which confined d’Ambrosio to the garage for the middle part of the day.

Wirth says the team has collected valuable information on the car and head to Barcelona for the final pre-season test on Friday in high spirits.

“The team has gathered lots of basic aerodynamic data,” he said. “As with every new car, the test has revealed a number of small issues which we’ll address quickly, but the main thing is that the basic package seems reliable, which was our first priority.

“The car is a good step forward from last year.”