Tag Archive: Nick Wirth

Feb 08

Marussia intends to keep Pic beyond 2012

Marussia intends to keep Charles Pic, the team’s new French rookie, for more than a single season.

Marussia F1 Team logo2011-11-27 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Abu Dhabi - Charles PicWhen known as Virgin, the team ousted Timo Glock’s 2010 and 2011 teammates – Lucas di Grassi and Jerome d’Ambrosio respectively – after a single season each.

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Oct 20

Virgin’s Glock starts work in McLaren simulator

Timo Glock is already pressing the throttle for the 2012 season.

2011-10-15 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Korea - 012011-10-15 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Korea - Timo Glock 02He revealed to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that, this week, he has been working on McLaren’s driver simulator for the very first time.

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Jul 24

Glock hopes to ‘stand out’ at Virgin in 2012

Timo Glock hopes Virgin will be a better shop window for his talents next year

2011-06-26 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Spain -Timo Glock 02USF1The German was earlier critical of the struggling team’s direction but Virgin recently split with its designer Nick Wirth and inked a technical and wind tunnel deal with McLaren. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul 18

Glock hopes for midfield assault with Virgin in 2012

Timo Glock is hoping to step into the midfield with Virgin in 2012.

2011-07-09 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Britain - Timo Glock 22011-07-09 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Britain - Timo Glock 3The German was earlier disheartened with the new team’s lack of progress after its 2010 debut, questioning Nick Wirth’s approach to designing his cars without a wind tunnel.

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Jul 15

Virgin denies d’Ambrosio set to switch teams

Virgin has dismissed speculation it may lose Jerome d’Ambrosio’s services and backing for the 2012 season.

2011-07-09 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Britain - Jerome DAmbrosio 42011-07-09 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Britain - Jerome DAmbrosio 5The Belgian rookie’s manager, Renault team boss Eric Boullier, said at Silverstone that he will talk about the 25-year-old’s future with Virgin “and another team at the Nurburgring”. But Virgin team president Graeme Lowdon dismissed the reports.

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Jul 14

Virgin not confirming Silverstone HQ reports

Virgin has not confirmed reports it has earmarked Silverstone as a potential site for its new headquarters.

2011-07-09 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Britain - Jerome DAmbrosio 12011-07-09 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Britain - Jerome DAmbrosio 3Currently, the struggling team operates from the Manor headquarters in Dinnington, and it has recently acquired Nick Wirth’s technical F1 facility at Banbury. But the plan for a couple of years down the road is for a bespoke Virgin factory under one roof.

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Jul 08

Virgin steps could convince Glock to stay

He also said he will try McLaren’s state-of-the-art driver simulator “as soon as possible”

2011-06-12_04102011-06-26 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Spain -Timo Glock 02The decision to tie-up with McLaren and enter a wind tunnel might have convinced Timo Glock to stay at Virgin in 2012.  The German driver has had a frustrating season and a half with the struggling 2010 start-up outfit, but Virgin recently split with designer Nick Wirth and ended the policy of building its cars exclusively with computer modelling.

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Jul 07

Glock hopes McLaren boosts Virgin to midfield in 2012

Timo Glock is hoping Virgin takes a big step forward — in 2012.

2011-06-26 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Spain -Timo Glock 012011-06-26 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Spain -Timo Glock 03The new-in-2010 team has split with technical boss Nick Wirth and tied up instead with banned former Renault engineer Pat Symonds.

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Jun 11

Sponsor Branson committed to struggling Virgin

Sir Richard Branson on Saturday said he remains committed to formula one.

2011-06-11_07262011-06-11_0630The British billionaire is lending the name of his Virgin group to the struggling team despite it failing to improve in its second season in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jun 06

Virgin plays down Leafield move rumours

It is rumoured Leafield has been proposed as the ideal base after the Wirth split by team consultant Pat Symonds.

2011-05-21 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Spain - 0012 - Marussia Virgin RacingAfter splitting with Nick Wirth, the next rumour at Virgin is that the struggling team is set to move into the former Arrows and Super Aguri facility in Leafield (UK). Read the rest of this entry »

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Jun 02

Virgin confirms Wirth split

Virgin on Thursday confirmed reports Nick Wirth has left the struggling team.

2011-05-28 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Monaco - Jerome DAmbrosio 12011-05-28 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Monaco - Jerome DAmbrosio 8 Chief executive Andy Webb told us in a statement that the decision followed a “comprehensive review” in the wake of Russian carmaker Marussia’s arrival as title sponsor and investor. The statement said “it is readily apparent that the team must take major steps in order to accelerate its rate of improvement”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jun 01

Report – Virgin in talks with McLaren/Mercedes

Virgin is in talks with McLaren and Mercedes about a technical collaboration for 2012.

2011-05-28 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Monaco - Timo Glock - Sir Richard Branson - Jerome DAmbrosio2011-05-28 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Monaco - Jerome DAmbrosio 6That is the claim of the Italiaracing magazine, saying the situation could be similar to Force India’s current McLaren/Mercedes alliance. The report said struggling Virgin’s package would include the engine, transmission, KERS and rear suspension. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 06

New Virgin nose ‘like Mercedes’ – Glock

Virgin’s heavily updated car is visibly different to the one that raced in China three weeks ago.

2011-04-16 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Timo Glock 092011-04-16 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Timo Glock 01With the full package available only to Timo Glock this weekend, it has a much higher nose than before and a Red Bull-style blown exhaust following a dire start to the team’s second F1 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 17

Kovalainen suggests Virgin needs wind tunnel

After a difficult 2010 debut, the British team has fallen even further off the pace

2011-04-16 - Marussia Virgin Racing - 012011-04-16 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Timo Glock 12Heikki Kovalainen has told Virgin to abandon its policy of developing formula one cars with only computer-simulation technology. After a difficult 2010 debut, the British team has fallen even further off the pace this season and in China was almost matched by the struggling HRT. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 13

Virgin must speed up to stay ahead of HRT – Glock

Virgin needs to step up in order to avoid falling to the very back of the grid, Timo Glock has warned.

2011-04-09 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Malaysia - Timo Glock 112011-04-09 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Malaysia - Timo Glock 3Already frustrated with the pace of the MVR02, the German driver said he hopes a major new package designed by Nick Wirth for May’s Turkish grand prix delivers two seconds per lap. “That’s what we need,” said Glock, referring to the gap to the next-best team, Lotus. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 04

Virgin eyes ‘plan B’ should Turkey upgrade

Should a car upgrade for the Turkish grand prix not result in a major step forward.

2011-03-12 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Barcelona - Jerome DAmbrosio 022011-03-12 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Barcelona - 01That is the claim of Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, after it emerged the British team actually took a step backwards in Australia following a difficult debut campaign in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 18

Virgin ‘quite a bit’ slower than Lotus – Glock

Timo Glock has admitted that Virgin is set to have a difficult start to the 2011 season.

2011-03-12 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Timo Glock 032011-03-12 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Barcelona - 03The team had hoped to take a step up after an uncompetitive debut in 2010, but the new MVR-02 has looked significantly slower than the Team Lotus car in recent testing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 07

Pirelli making F1 ‘painfully slow’ – Hamilton

Formula one has shifted down a gear for the 2011 season, according to Lewis Hamilton.

2011-02-11 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Jerez - Lewis Hamilton 12011-02-13 - Pirelli - Jerez - 02The 2008 world champion says that although adjustable rear wings and KERS have upped the drivers’ workload, the Pirelli tyres have made the cars slower. “I did (a) run the other day and it was painfully slow, it really was.  Just not exciting, to be honest,” the Briton is quoted by the Guardian. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 25

Virgin needs new wing to bridge big gap to Lotus

“So we just need Nick Wirth to build some new wings and we can move forwards”

2011-02-13 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Jerez - Jerome DAmbrosio 012011-02-13 - Team Lotus - Jerez - Heikki Kovalainen 04cVirgin designer Nick Wirth is working on a new wing to help close a one second per lap deficit to nearest competitor Lotus. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 08

Virgin defends decision to snub KERS

Virgin has confirmed that its newly launched MVR-02 car is not designed to accommodate a KERS system.

2011-02-08 - MVR-02 00112011-02-07 - MVR-02 0008Along with Lotus and HRT, the three teams are the only ones in formula one who will not benefit from the energy-recovery technology in 2011. Car designer Nick Wirth defended the decision on the basis that Virgin has other priorities. Read the rest of this entry »

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