|Headquarters||Dinnington, South Yorkshire, England
Bicester, Oxfordshire, England
|Team Principles||Stephen Fitzatrick GBR
John Booth GBR (2010-2015)
|Designers||John McQuilliam GBR
Nikolay Fomenko RUS (2012)
Pat Symonds GBR (2012-2013)
Nick Wirth GBR (2010-2011)
Manor F1 Team History
Many were surprised when Formula Three Euroseries team Manor was chosen as one of the new team entries for the 2010 F1 season. Manor Grand Prix partnered with former Simtek principle Nick Wirth to design and build the car to be powered by Cosworth engines. Major backing was secured through a partnership with Richard Branson's Virgin brands, who had previously backed the Brawn GP team in 2009. In November 2009 the team signed former Toyota driver, Timo Glock to lead the team and in December it was announced that the team would be launched under the name Virgin Racing with GP2 driver Lucas di Grassi in the second seat. February 2010 the squad became the first of the 4 new teams to unveil and run their car.
It was soon discovered that the VR-01 design had a major flaw in that the fuel tank was too small for the car to finish a race without greatly reducing speed, requiring a major redesign. Despite this the team managed to come to grips with reliability as the season went on, though a 14th place finish for Glock was theor best result.
Fledgling Russian carmaker Marussia Motors bought a controlling stake in the team at the end of the 2010 season so for the 2011 season the team was entered under a Russian license as Marussia Virgin Racing, with Glock partnered by Belgian Jerome D'Ambrosio. Though reliability was much better the performance was not and once again the team finished last in the standings. The partnership with Wirth Research ended mid-season and the team signed an agreement with McLaren to use their technical facilities, simulators and wind tunnel.
For 2012 the team was rebranded once again as the Marussia F1 Team, with Charles Pic partnering Timo Glock. The MR01 was late in development and had issues passing the FIA crash tests meaning the team arrived in Australia for the opeing race without having been run in testing. The car also lacked a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) meaning performance was severely curtailed, though it did help considerably with reliability. In Singapore Glock finished in 12th place which at the time put them in 10th place in the Constructors' Championship, however Caterham's 11th place finish at the final race dropped Marussia to 11th and out of the FIA prize money. The team was also rocked by the serious injury test driver Maria de Villota suffered in a freak accident at Duxford Airfield during straightline aero testing.
Lack of funding meant that drivers bringing sponsorship were required in 2013 with Max Chilton and Ferrari Academy protege Jules Bianchi replacing Glock and Pic. The car was not fast but it was reliable with Chilton finishing all 19 races, a record for a rookie. Bianchi was the faster driver and his 13th in Malaysia proved to be enough to beat Caterham for the 10th (and final money paying) position in the championship.
Chilton and Bianchi were retained for 2014 with Ferrari supplying the new hybrid power units in return for the team running their up-and-coming driver. At the start of the season the team was a little more competitive with Chilton taking 13th twice in the first three races, but the big breakthrough came in Monaco when Bianchi scored the teams very first two championship points.
Virgin / Marussia / ManorF1 Team Record
|YearYear||Chassis||Engine||Tyres||# / Driver||Start||Win||Pole||F Lap||Pts||Pos|
|VR-01||Cosworth CA2010 V8||BS||24
25 Di Grassi
|MVR-02||Cosworth CA2011 V8||PI||24
TD Razia / Wickens
|MR01||Cosworth CA2012 V8||PI||24
TD Chilton / De Villota
|MR02||Cosworth CA2013 V8||PI||22
|MR03||Ferrari 059/3 V6t Hybrid||PI||17
|MR03B||Ferrari 059/3 V6t Hybrid||PI||28 Stevens
98 Mehri / 53 Rossi
|MRT05||Mercedes PU106C V6t Hybrid||PI||94 Wehrlein
88 Haryanto (12 races) / Ocon (9 races)
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