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Team   Manor F1 Team
Base   Banbury, Britain
Active in F1   2010-2016
Team Principal   Dave Ryan
Sporting Director   John McQuilliam
Drivers   Pascal Wehrlein
    Rio Haryanto
Test Drivers   TBC
Car   MRT05
Engine   Mercedes-Benz PU106C
Tyres   Pirelli
Debut   Bahrain 2010
World Championships*   0
Highest Race Finish*   9th (1 time)
Pole Positions*   0
Fastest Laps*   0
* As at end of 2016 Season

The team competed as Manor F1 for the first time in 2015 folowing a near bankruptcy which forced them to miss the last three races of the 2014 season.

Competing as "Marussia" for the first time in the 2012 Formula One season, following the purchase of a controlling stake in the team by Russian sports car manufacturer Marussia Motors in late 2010. The team had previously competed as "Marussia Virgin Racing" in 2011 and "Virgin Racing" in 2010. The team is the third Formula One team to compete with a Russian racing licence, after Midland and Virgin (which adopted its Russian nationality in 2011 to coincide with Marussia's interest in the team).


In 2009, Manor Grand Prix were awarded an entry into Formula One for the 2010 season, as a tie-up between successful junior racing team Manor Motorsport and Wirth Research. Before the end of the year they were renamed as Virgin Racing, after Richard Branson's Virgin Group of companies who had bought the title sponsorship rights. Marussia were one of the team's partners for its debut season, where it finished in twelfth and last place in the constructors' championship. In November 2010 Marussia purchased a controlling stake in the team, and the team became known as 'Marussia Virgin Racing' for the 2011season. 


Following a disappointing start to the 2011 season, the team parted company with Wirth Research, and entered a relationship with McLaren Applied Technologies ahead of the 2012 season. The team later moved into the old Wirth premises in Banbury, moving from their original base in Dinnington in Yorkshire. Meanwhile, the team again finished the year bottom of the constructors' championship. In November 2011 the team applied to the Formula One commission to formally change their constructor name for the 2012 season from Virgin to Marussia, to reflect their new ownership. Permission was granted before being formally ratified at a meeting of the FIA World Motorsport Council.


On 31 December 2011, Marussia Virgin Racing announced they were now called Marussia F1 Team. Virgin, who had previously been the title sponsor for the team, had announced that they were staying with the team after the name change, with Virgin logos staying on the 2012 car. The team had announced in July 2011 that Timo Glock had signed a new three-year contract with the team. Glock will be joined for the 2012 season by GP2 Series graduate Charles Pic, who spent two days testing with the team at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi.

By 29 September 2011, Marussia already had a 60% scale model of their 2012 car ready for use in the McLaren wind tunnel. By December 2011, the team had received the first parts for the car. The team also announced that the 2012 car will be the only car on the grid not to have KERS. This was however only the case for one weekend. Rival team HRT failed to qualify within the 107% time and were not allowed to race at the season opener in Australia. HRT decided that it was best to remove KERS from the car and focus on successfully qualifying.

Prior to the final testing session for the 2012 season at Barcelona, on 27 February an announcement was made on the team's web site, declaring that the new MR01 car had failed the last of the mandatory 18 crash tests required of each car by the FIA. This meant the team would miss the final test session, instead choosing to concentrate on passing the remaining crash test in time for the first race of the year, ensuring that the MR01 would not undergo any significant testing prior to the Australian GP race weekend.

On 5 March 2012, Marussia revealed the new MR01 at Silverstone. The car design was led by technical consultant Pat Symonds. It was the penultimate team to reveal its car in the 2012 season. It was announced late because of the failure of a crash test, which meant that the car could not be used in pre-season testing events. The test was passed before the launch event and before the first race of the 2012 season.

On 3 July 2012, test driver Maria de Villota was testing a car at Duxford Airfield, when she crashed heavily into the lift gate of the team transporter, and sustained serious injuries. She had been performing straight line aerodynamic tests in preparation for the British Grand Prix. On 4 July 2012, it was confirmed that Maria de Villota lost her right eye as a result of the accident. At Spa, the team's 50th Grand Prix as Virgin/Marussia, Charles Pic was fastest in free practice 2 with Timo Glock sixth. Which was the highest ever result in an official F1 session for the team in its history however only 10 drivers set times in heavy rain conditions. In Singapore, Timo Glock produced the best ever race result for Marussia, finishing in 12th place; a result sufficient to elevate Marussia into 10th place in the Constructors' Championship, ahead of Caterham and HRT.

However, at the final race of the season in Brazil, Vitaly Petrov, racing for Caterham, finished the race in 11th place, thus reclaiming 10th place in the Constructors' Championship and the associated prize money for Caterham, demoting Marussia to 11th in the Championship.


On 18 December 2012, Marussia announced that Max Chilton would make his Formula One debut in 2013 after securing the second race seat at the team, making him the fourth different driver in the Marussia/Virgin team. Timo Glock left Marussia before the 2013 season started, for "commercial reasons".

Luiz Razia then also followed suit shortly after due to sponsors letting the team down, he has been replaced by Jules Bianchi for the 2013 Formula One season. On 14 March 2013 the team announced Rodolfo González as their reserve driver for the season. For the first race in Australia both cars qualified ahead of rivals Caterham, while at the Malaysian Grand Prix, Bianchi finished the race in thirteenth position.

Throughout the year, Marussia and their nearest rivals Caterham remained at the back of the grid, usually qualifying on the back two rows. They fared better in racing, however, and whilst they failed to score any points, they demonstrated good reliability throughout the season.

By the end of the season, they had finished tenth in the constructors championship, ahead of Caterham, earning them significant additional revenue for 2014. English driver Max Chilton became the first rookie driver ever to finish every race in a season.


For 2014, Marussia will switch to Ferrari engines. This comes after Cosworth elected not to build an engine for the new 2014 regulations. The team retained both Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton.

At the Monaco Grand Prix, Bianchi scored his own and Marussia's first ever points by finishing ninth in an eventful race.

On 24 July, American rookie Alexander Rossi joined the team as a test and reserve driver from Caterham. On 21 August, it was announced he would be replacing Chilton for the Belgian Grand Prix while contractual issues were resolved. However, this decision was reversed the following morning during the free practice session.

During the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka on 5 October, Bianchi's car spun off on lap 43, colliding with a marshal's crane tractor that was attending to Adrian Sutil's Sauber car, which had also span and crashed at the Dunlop curve (Turn 7) on the previous lap. The safety car was brought out and the race was subsequently red-flagged. Bianchi was reported as being unconscious after the crash, failing to respond to a radio call from his team and marshals that had gone to his rescue. Due to the precarious weather conditions at the time, he was taken to closest hospital, the Mie University hospital, by ambulance instead of helicopter. On the same day, Bianchi's father reported that his son was in a critical condition with a head injury requiring brain surgery in order to reduce severe bruising to his head. Soon after, the FIA released a statement that CT scans had shown Bianchi suffered a "severe head injury" in the crash, and he would be transferred to intensive care following surgery. A family update later, aside from acknowledging the widespread support, confirmed that Bianchi had suffered a diffuse axonal injury, which is a common traumatic brain injury in vehicle accidents involving high deceleration.

At the inaugural Russian Grand Prix a weekend later, in place of the hospitalized Bianchi, the team originally registered Rossi in the participant list, before finally deciding to field a single car driven by Bianchi's team-mate, Max Chilton. In addition, at the same venue, Marussia raced its MR03 car with "#JB17" livery, after Bianchi's initials and race number, to further honour and support their injured driver. Aside from providing updates on their seriously injured driver's medical condition in conjunction with the Bianchi family, a fortnight after the Suzuka accident, the Marussia team also went on public record to condemn various media reports that have been making speculative assertions about the team's direct role in that accident.

On 25 October, it was announced that, along with Caterham, Marussia would be unable to compete at the United States Grand Prix due to financial reasons. As transport of Formula One team equipment between the USA and Brazil for return to Europe is coordinated together, Marussia also missed the following weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

Around the same time, further media reports revealed that, Formula One teams have agreed to teams in difficulty to miss out up to two races per season and that, on 7 October 2014, Marussia Manor Racing filed a notice in the London High Court intending to assign an administrator. An official statement by the appointed administrator was released on 27 October 2014. In the same week, the team's main financial backer, Andrey Cheglakov, confirmed to Russian news agency ITAR-TASS that he had withdrawn from the team. In addition, British media reported that British-Indian steel industry brothers Baljinder Sohi and Sonny Kaushal were potential buyers for the team.

At the United States Grand Prix, although in breach of Formula One regulations by not being present at that race weekend, the FIA stewards decided to not impose any penalties, in consequence of the team's current financial circumstances, similar to those of the also missing Caterham F1 team. Instead, they referred the matter to the attention of the FIA president.

On 5 November 2014, the FIA included the team in the provisional entry list for the 2015 Formula One season but as the "Manor F1 Team". Two days later, however, the administrator announced that the team had ceased trading and folded, without further entry to F1 making 200 staff members redundant. Notwithstanding this, coinciding with the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, the former team CEO, Graeme Lowdon, remained adamant of the possibility that Marussia could return for the season finale in Abu Dhabi, with a view of also securing its entry in 2015.

Despite this optimism, Marussia failed to appear at the last three races of the season, with its assets sold at auction in mid-December 2014. With the aim of facilitating the entry of his F1 team in 2016, it is reported that Gene Haas purchased Marussia's Banbury base as well as data and designs for the 2015 car, which was already well developed with a scale wind-tunnel model.

On 5 February 2015, a request by the team that it should be allowed to compete in the 2015 season using 2014 specification chassis (as Manor F1 Team) was declined by the other Formula One entrants after just one team voted against the proposal.


On 19 February 2015, Manor Motorsport's administrators announced that the team had come out of administration and planned to enter the 2015 Formula One season under the name Manor Marussia F1 Team with John Booth and Graeme Lowdon continuing to run the team. This was possible thanks to businessman Stephen Fitzpatrick buying the team, with Justin King joining as chairman.

Will Stevens driving the MR03B during the Canadian GP race weekend.
On 5 February 2015, however, the team's request to compete in the 2015 season using their 2014 chassis was declined by the other Formula One entrants, after Force India voted against the proposal. This report was refuted by the team the following day. Manor ultimately started the season with a modified version of their 2014 car, updated to meet 2015 regulations, and expect to have a new car built specifically for the 2015 regulations ready by the August break. On 25 February 2015, Will Stevens was confirmed as Manor's first driver. On 9 March, it was also announced that Roberto Merhi would be Manor's second driver with Jordan King – son of the new chairman – also joining as the development driver.

On 5 March 2015, the team completed mandatory crash testing and were cleared to take their place on the starting grid at the Australian Grand Prix, just in time for the air freight deadline on 6 March. Despite this, neither car completed a single lap due to technical difficulties and sat out the entire event.

At the following Malaysian Grand Prix, both drivers failed to qualify for the race, but received permission from the stewards to start. However, Stevens was unable to leave his garage on race day due to a fuel system problem on his car. Merhi finished his first race in 15th position. A short-lived controversy ensued after the race thanks to claims made by Force India's deputy team principal, Bob Fernley, that Manor Marussia had a clear strategy to run just one car in Malaysia. These claims were dismissed by Manor.

Prior to the Canadian Grand Prix, the team announced the recruitment of Fabio Leimer as reserve driver and, more crucially, of former Mercedes F1 team technical director, Bob Bell, as technical consultant. The latter followed a series of other key recruitments in May 2015, including those of Gianluca Pisanello, formerly of Caterham F1 as chief engineer, and former Toro Rosso chief designer, Luca Furbatto, as head of design. Also in time for the Canadian Grand Prix, the team announced their partnership with Airbnb and with shipping and storage container manufacturer and supplier, Flex-Box, at the British Grand Prix, with both sponsors' logos featuring for the duration of the 2015 season. In addition to new livery, the MR03B race car also received its first updates at the latter Grand Prix.

Starting in Singapore, Alexander Rossi replaced Merhi for five of the remaining seven Grands Prix of 2015; Merhi raced in Russia and in the season closer in Abu Dhabi.

Ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, the team announced that their team bosses John Booth and Graeme Lowdon had resigned, effective at the end of 2015, citing differences with team owner Stephen Fitzpatrick.

After the 2015 season, Manor Marussia, officially changed their name to Manor Racing

On 15 January 2016 the Manor Marussia F1 Team appointed former Ferrari chief designer Nicholas Tombazis as its chief aerodynamicist with immediate effect. On 25 January, Pat Fry, also formerly employed by Ferrari, was appointed as engineering consultant.

In February 2016, Manor confirmed that 2015 DTM champion and Mercedes junior driver Pascal Wehrlein would race for the team.

On 22 February 2016, Manor launched their new car at the first test. The team has undergone a complete re-branding under the ownership of Fitzpatrick, and has seen the team colours change to orange, white and blue.

During the first race of the season in Australia, Rio Haryanto retired due to a driveline problem, while Pascal Wehrlein finished in sixteenth place. At the next race, in Bahrain, Wehrlein was one place away from reaching Q2 for the first time in his career, qualifying sixteenth. Haryanto finished a race for the first time, in 17th.

At the Austrian Grand Prix, Wehrlein achieved a 12th place qualifying position, the highest achieved by the team. Wehrlein also scored the team's first ever point and its best result to date by finishing 10th in the race.

The team's reserve driver, Alexander Rossi, won the Indianapolis 500.

Before the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix, Rio Haryanto was demoted to reserve driver due to "his failure to meet his contractual obligations". For the remaining nine races of the season, he was replaced by Esteban Ocon, who had made frequent appearances testing for both Renault and Mercedes.

At the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix, Sauber gained two points, putting them ahead of Manor in the championship, causing the team a £30 million loss in prize money.

Before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix reports circulated and Stephen Fitzpatrick confirmed that the team were in advanced talks with a new investor. However, in early January of 2017 the team's parent company was put under administration, putting their participation in the 2017 season into doubt.

The parent company, Just Racing, ceased trading on Friday 27th January.

The staff were sent home and told they will be made redundant by the close of business on Tuesday 31st after the payment of January salaries.

FRP said there was "no sustainable operational or financial structure in place to maintain the group as a going concern".

Joint administrator Geoff Rowley added the administration process "provided a moratorium" in the search for a buyer but "no solution could be achieved to allow for the business to continue in its current form".


SOURCE: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manor_Racing

SOURCE: BBC Sport http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/38772098

Year Racing as Chassis Tyres Engine Drivers Points WCC
2016 Manor F1 MRT05 Pirelli Mercedes-Benz PU106C Pascal Wehrlein, Rio Haryanto, Esteban Ocon 0 11th
2015 Marussia F1 MR03B Pirelli Ferrari 059/3 1.6 Will Stevens, Rpberto Merhi, Alexander Rossi 0 10th
2014 Marussia F1 MR03 Pirelli Ferrari 059/3 1.6 Max Chilton, Jules Bianchi 2 9th
2013 Marussia F1 MR02 Pirelli Cosworth CA2013 V8 Jules Bianchi, Max Chilton 0 10th
2012 Marussia F1 MR01 Pirelli Cosworth CA2012 V8 Timo Glock, Charles Pic 0 11th
2011 Marussia F1 Virgin MVR-02 Pirelli Cosworth CA2011 V8 Timo Glock, Jérôme d'Ambrosio 0 12th
2010 Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Bridgestone Cosworth CA2010 V8 Timo Glock, Lucas di Grassi 0 12th