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Marussia launch new MR02

Max Chilton has taken the covers off the car in which he will make his F1 debut, the Marussia MR02, at Jerez ahead of pre-season testing.

The British-based team called the car "a comprehensive evolution of the MR01" and for the first time in the team's history, the chassis will be fitted with a KERS unit.

Given that the energy recovery system is thought to be worth around 0.3 seconds a lap, the team will hope to break into the top 10 in 2013, after running the KERS equipped Caterham squad close for the spot worth around 10million last year.

Chilton becomes the fourth British driver on the grid and admits he is excited by the new chapter in his career.

"It took me a little while to get to sleep last night and now I can't wait to get going," the 21-year-old told Sky Sports News.

"I've done a few sessions in the simulator but it's not like the real thing. We're really excited to see our performance out on track.

"But we have a lot of practice work to do before we get up to speed but I am sure it will be fine."