Manor Marussia F1 Racing Team 2015

History in F1

Formerly, Team Virgin Racing, the team was a new-comer to F1 in 2010, sponsored by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. The team was originally formed as team Manor Grand Prix in 2009 by Manor Motorsport and Wirth Research, but when Virgin bought an 80% stake of the team in 2009, the name was changed to Team Virgin Racing. In 2010, Russian car maker, Marussia, bought a controlling stake in the team, changing the name to Marussia Virgin Racing. In 2011, primarily due to the disappointing season, Wirth Research exited the partnership and the team added McLaren Applied Technologies to its partnership. In 2012, the team changed its name to Marussia Racing. The team continues to disappoint, finishing with zero points in 2012 and 2013 and with two points in 2013. In 2014, the team faced financial difficulties and was unable to race the last three races of the season. The team went with two new, rookie drivers in 2013, which did not change their situation and for 2014 the team kept its driver line-up, but this didn’t change things either. The 2015 Season will see two new drivers joining the team, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi. Jules Bianchi was involved in a terrible freak accident at the Japanese Grand Prix and suffered a head injury and remains in a coma.

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Information

Team Virgin Racing had a rocky start in 2010 and did not fare much better in 2011, 2012 and 2013, ending up at the bottom of the Constructors’ Championship table, with zero points. In 2014, the best finish was 9th by Jules Bianchi, which gave the team two points. The team had fewer technical problems, but faced financial difficulties and were unable to even start the last three races of the season. Many believed that was the end of the team, but Manor Racing stepped up to infuse money into the team and race again in 2015, as Manor Marussia Racing.

Technical Details & Statistics

For 2015, Manor Marussia Racing will continue to use the Ferrari engine, it switched to in 2014. The team will use the MR03B chassis.

Base: Dinnington (UK)

Team Principal: John Booth

Main drivers: Will Stevens & Roberto Merhi

Engine: Ferrari 059/3

Chassis: MR03B

Debut F1 Season: 2012

Constructors’ Championship Titles: 0

Grand Prix race victories: 0

Pole Position: 0

Fastest lap times: 0

Drivers

Driver 1:  Will Stevenswill-stevens

Will Stevens is a British driver, who joined the F1 circuit in 2014 with Caterham F1 Team as a reserve driver, debuting at the final race of the season, at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He finished the race in 17th place. After Caterham withdrew from F1 racing at the end of the season, Stevens joined Manor Marussia and the main driver. The 2015 Season will be his first F1 Season.

Driver Statistics:

Nationality: British

Date of Birth: 28 June 1991

World Championship Titles: 0

Number of Grand Prix won: 0

Pole Positions: 0

Career Points: 0

Podiums: 0

Driver 2:  Roberto Merhi

Roberto Merhi

Roberto Merhi is a Spanish driver, of Lebanese origin. He has come up the ranks from Formula Renault, Formula Three and DTM. He won the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2011. In 2014, Merhi drove a practice race for the Caterham Team at the Italian Grand Prix, however, since he had not qualified for the FIA Super License, was not able to drive the actual Grand Prix Race. For 2015, he has joined the Manor Marussia Team and this will be his first F1 season.

Driver Statistics:

Nationality: Spanish

Date of Birth: 22 March 1991

World Championship Titles: 0

Number of Grand Prix won: 0

Pole Positions: 0

Career Points: 0

Podiums: 0