The Early Days: Virgin Racing
Virgin Racing was born in 2009 after Richard Branson purchased 80% of Manor Grand Prix. Rechristened Virgin Racing the team hit the F1 world in 2010 with Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi behind the wheel of the Cosworth powered VR-01.
The results were abysmal in 2010 as both cars did not score a point in the Constructors’ Championship and their best race finish was 14th, di Grassi at the Malaysian Grand Prix and Glock at the Belgium Grand Prix. Marussia Motors was a sponsor of Virgin Racing from day one and in November 2010 they acquired a controlling stake in the bottom rung F1 squad.
For 2011 the team was rebranded “Marussia Virgin Racing” and would race under a Russian license. Even with a new name the results were equally bad; no Constructors’ Championship points and their best finish in a race was once again 14th.