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United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth
Full name Virgin Racing
Base Dinnington, South Yorkshire, England
Team principal(s) John Booth
Technical director Nick Wirth
2010 Formula One season
Race drivers 24. Germany Timo Glock
25. Brazil Lucas di Grassi
Test drivers Brazil Luiz Razia
Spain Andy Soucek
Chassis Virgin VR-01
Engine Cosworth CA2010
Tyres Bridgestone
Formula One World Championship Career
Debut 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
Latest race 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
Races competed 1
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0

Virgin Racing is a Formula One racing team, which is making its debut in the 2010 Formula One season. They were granted entry as Manor Grand Prix on 12 June 2009, as one of four new teams selected selected to race in the 2010 season.[1][2] On 30 November, the FIA released a revised entry list that stated the team's name as Virgin Racing. Richard Branson's Virgin Group is the title sponsor of the team, which was launched on 15 December 2009.




The team was formed as Manor Grand Prix as a tie-up between Manor Motorsport and Wirth Research. Initially, Virgin's Alex Tai was the Team Principal, while Graeme Lowden was the team's Director of Racing. Manor Motorsport boss John Booth was the Sporting Director, while former Simtek team owner Nick Wirth was the technical director.[3] Less than one month after the Virgin partnership was officially launched, Tai left his position and Booth took over as team principal, with Lowden becoming the CEO.[4] The team will use engines supplied by Cosworth. Manor Motorsport are best known as a Formula Three team, currently running in the Formula Three Euroseries, and helped launch the careers of World Champions Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton. Car preparation and racing operations will be run from its headquarters in Dinnington, South Yorkshire, while Wirth Research will design, develop and build the cars from its base in Bicester.

The teams also have plans to create a "Driver Academy", a series of racing teams starting in the new GP3 Series and advancing all the way up to Formula One.[5]


See also: 2010 Formula One season
Timo Glock testing the Virgin VR-01 during pre-season testing in Jerez, in February 2010.

Virgin's car for 2010, the VR-01, is the first F1 car designed entirely using CFD computer simulation technology.[6] On 17 November 2009 it was announced by the team that former Toyota driver Timo Glock would be the team's lead driver for the 2010 season. The driver was signed for two years and has a one year extension offer as well.[7] Long-time Brazilian GP2 regular Lucas di Grassi will join him, while fellow former GP2 driver Luiz Razia will fulfil testing and reserve duties. Álvaro Parente was also signed as a test driver, but left the team prior to the launch of the VR-01.[8] The 2010 car was officially launched on their website on 3 February 2010,[9][10] before running the car at a private event at Silverstone the following two days.[11]


Virgin purchased eighty percent of the team, as part of sponsorship arrangement.[12] The official FIA entry list for 2010 announced on 30 November 2009 showed that Manor GP had been entered as Virgin Racing.[13] The team's partners for 2010 include tyre supplier Bridgestone, IT services company UST Global,[14][15] environmental technology company Carbon Green, shampoo brand Clear, information technology firm CSC, foreign exchange traders FxPro, clothing company Kappa, the Oxigen investment group and Russian sports car manufacturer Marussia. On 13 January 2010, reports emerged revealing that Virgin had paid an extra one and a half million pounds to Cosworth to have the CA2010 unit rebranded as a Marussia, though both Virgin Racing and Cosworth have denied the story.[16]

On 14 December 2009, Lloyds Banking Group announced that it had invested ten million pounds in the team,[17] reversing the recent trend of financial institutions such as ING and RBS withdrawing sponsorship. However, it remains unclear as to whether or not the Lloyds logo will appear on the cars.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Points WCC
0* NC*
Germany Timo Glock Ret
Brazil Lucas di Grassi Ret

* Season in progress.


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  2. ^ "UpdateF1 >> Formula 1 News > FIA release 2010 entry list". 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  4. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2009-01-12). "Booth replaces Tai as Virgin Racing boss". Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  5. ^ Buxton, Will (2009-12-15). "Virgin Racing to launch Driver Academy". Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  6. ^ Edd Straw, Autosport (p10)(2009-06-18)
  7. ^ "BBC SPORT | Motorsport | Formula 1 | Glock to lead new Manor F1 team". BBC News. 2009-11-17. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  8. ^ "Virgin Racing com carro e sem Parente" (in Portuguese). (Motorpress Lisboa). 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  9. ^ BBC news, retrieved 3 february 2010
  10. ^ "Virgin to launch car online". (Haymarket Publications). 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  11. ^ Beer, Matt (2010-01-31). "Virgin set for Silverstone shakedown". (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  12. ^ Virgin set for Manor GP move
  13. ^ "Twelve teams - including Virgin - on FIA’s 2010 entry list". (Formula One Administration). 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  14. ^ "USTGlobal". Virgin Racing. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  15. ^ "UST Global to partner Virgin Racing for F1". The Times of India (The Times Group). 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  16. ^ "Marussia to brand Virgin engines". 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  17. ^ Beer, Matt (2009-12-14). "Lloyds invests in Manor F1 team". (Haymarket Publications). 

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