The Marussia F1 Team is a Russian Formula 1 team, originating
from the Virgin Racing team of 2010 and 2011.
When Virgin Racing debuted in 2010 they were effectively the
Manor Grand Prix Limited with a sponsor name. The Rotherham based
team debuted at the Australian Grand Prix 2010 with the VR-01 car.
The car was the first one in history designed using CFD computer
simulation technology. With Manor GP being the original name,
Virgin purchased 80% of the team which meant they entered the 2010
season as Virgin Racing.
They had some disastrous races at the beginning of 2010 after it
was found the car's fuel tank was too small to make a full race
distance. This meant they did not finish any of the first 2 races
before their 2nd driver, Di Grassi, finished
14th at the Malaysian Grand Prix. The next round in
China saw Timo Glock, their 1st driver, not start
and a retirement from Di Grassi meant they still were
underperforming. The next round on Spain saw their first double
finish with 18th and 19th, their earlier
fuel tank problems being resolved. They recorded 4 double finishes
after that, but a fair few retirements as well.
The mid-season saw them consistently at the back of the pack,
even behind Hispania. Glock finished 14th in Korea,
a joint best result for the team, with the end of the year being on
a tie-breaker for 10th place. The two
14th positions could not better Lotus Racing and
Hispania F1's season results so they were placed 12thin
the constructors, with 0 points.
2011 saw them retain Timo Glock as their lead driver, and
replace Di Grassi with Belgian driver Jerome D'Ambrosio. The team
also had the Russian car manufacturer Marussia buy a significant
stake in the team. 2011 was another disappointing year for the
backmarkers; they experienced less dramatic problems like the 2010
fuel tank saga, but still finished the year 12th in
the constructors due to two 14th places compared to
HRT and Team Lotus's 13th positions. The team did
get 10 double finishes, their best double finish being in Canada
with D'Ambrosio finishing 14th and Glock finishing
15th. Timo did not start the Turkish GP due to a
mechanical problem before the race.
The team had a tendency for pit lane errors, on more than a few
occasions leading to a tyre falling off the car. D'Ambrosio also
had an embarrassing moment in Hungary when he spun in the pit lane.
Luckily no one was hurt and the car carried on.
For 2012 the team will be renamed the Marussia F1 Team with
drivers Timo Glock and Charles Pic at the wheel.
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