Tag Archive: Virgin

Jun 19

Trulli adds to F1’s ‘worry’ about formula E – report

According to the Times newspaper, F1 must look over its shoulder at the new ‘formula E’ series that is rapidly gaining credibility.

Jarno Trulli - Formule E - photo Formule E The latest name attracting headlines for the FIA’s all-electric single seater category is Jarno Trulli, the well-known former F1 driver and Monaco winner. Read the rest of this entry »

May 13

Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari aiming to spark success for Virgin

Virgin Racing Formula E team announces its 2014 driver line up

Sam Bird - Virgin Racing Formula E Virgin announced today that Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari will join the Virgin Racing Formula E Team to drive for the 2014 Formula E Championship season. The competitive line up reflects Virgin’s desire to create a winning team in the first season of Formula E. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 04

Jenson Button has tipped usual F1 backmarker Marussia to take a big step forwards in 2014

Marussia ‘competitive’ in 2014 – Button

2014-03-02_0061 - Marussia F1 Team - Bahrain - Max ChiltonYet to score a single point in its Marussia or Virgin guises since 2010, the team did finally beat rival Caterham to the coveted tenth place in the constructors’ championship last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 16

Red Bull not ruling out Formula E entry

“We will look again at this series and re-evaluate after the first season”

FIA Formula E Championship Red Bull has admitted it might consider joining the FIA’s new electric single seater series, Formula E. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

Marussia owner Nikolai Fomenko wants his F1 team to be powered by its own engines

Marussia wants own F1 engines by 2016

2013-03-17 - Marussia F1 Team - Australia - Jules BianchiAs current engine supplier Cosworth departs, the team announced in July it has agreed a ‘long-term’ deal to be powered by Ferrari’s new turbo V6 from 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

May 22

Bianchi feels pressure to push Marussia forward

“I’m used to pressure anyway” – Bianchi

Jules Bianchi - photo © Jean-Francois Galeron WRI2 Jules Bianchi thinks it is possible Marussia is on the verge of breaking into F1’s midfield. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 06

Marussia confirms Razia for 2013

Marussia on Wednesday finally confirmed reports Luiz Razia has completed the team’s 2013 race driver lineup.

11 - Marussia F1 TeamGP2 - Luiz Razia wins Valencia Sprint Race (Arden International)The 23-year-old Brazilian, runner-up in last year’s GP2 championship, will mark the news by testing Marussia’s newly-launched MR02 car at Jerez on Wednesday. The 2013 vacancy, now filled by Razia, opened up recently when Marussia split with Timo Glock, citing the need for a sponsored driver. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 21

The Marussia F1 Team and its race driver Timo Glock have, by mutual consent, agreed to part company with immediate effect.

A joint statement from the Marussia F1 Team and Timo Glock

2012-11-04 - Marussia F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Timo Glock (6)11 - Marussia F1 TeamThe 30 year old German has been with the Team since its inception in 2009, completing three full seasons of competition and playing a significant role in its development. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 17

Di Grassi waiting for Pirelli decision

Lucas di Grassi has admitted his future depends in part on Pirelli.

Pirelli2011-07-06 - Pirelli - Lucas di GrassiSince losing his race seat after a single season at Virgin (now Marussia) in 2010, the Brazilian has been a key test driver for F1’s official tyre supplier. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 17

Marussia co-owner confirms Max Chilton for 2013

Marussia team owner Nikolai Fomenko has confirmed speculation British rookie Max Chilton will make his formula one debut in 2013.

2012-11-04 - Marussia F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Max Chilton (1)12 - Marussia F1 TeamFomenko, the head of Russian supercar Marussia who bought into the then Virgin team at the end of 2010, was asked by Russian journalists the identity of the driver replacing Caterham-bound Frenchman Charles Pic. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 13

Less ‘respect’ for small teams – Glock

Timo Glock has lamented an apparent lack of respect for F1’s smallest teams.

2012-06-08_02622012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix b 0004According to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, engine supplier Renault has said it is ‘not interested’ in supplying its new turbo V6 to backmarkers Marussia and HRT in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 12

Glock open to Marussia team switch

Timo Glock is expecting to be with Marussia for a fourth consecutive season in 2013.

2012-06-08_04282012-06-09_0241But the German is also open to “the possibility” of a change. “It (an alternate team) would have to be a clear step forwards,” the former Toyota driver is quoted by DPA news agency. “But at the moment I am fulfilling my contract and so I am not in talks with anyone else,” added Glock. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 28

Pic ‘not afraid’ of becoming next Marussia refugee

Charles Pic insists he is “not afraid” about following his Marussia predecessors through F1’s exit.

2012-06-09_02142012-04-15 - Marussia F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Charles Pic - Timo GlockBefore the well-backed Frenchman made his debut this year, the team ran Jerome d’Ambrosio (2011) and Lucas di Grassi (2010, as Virgin) as the experienced German Timo Glock’s teammate. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 19

No Friday outings for Monza sub d’Ambrosio – boss

Eric Boullier has admitted it is unlikely Jerome d’Ambrosio will make another appearance on the grand prix asphalt in 2012.

2012-06-09_01192012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #1 019Lotus’ Boullier-managed Belgian reserve driver replaced Romain Grosjean at Monza recently, while the team’s French regular served his one-race ban. D’Ambrosio is the team’s official reserve driver, who at the start of the 2012 season was slated to make some Friday morning practice appearances in the black Lotus. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 04

Lotus picks d’Ambrosio for Monza

Belgian Jerome d’Ambrosio will contest this weekend’s Italian grand prix in the place of Romain Grosjean.

2012-09-02 - Lotus F1 Team - Belgium - Jerome DAmbrosio2012-06-09_0119There was speculation Lotus might overlook its official reserve driver for the Monza seat, after team regular Grosjean was given a one-race ban by the FIA for causing the spectacular first-lap crash at Spa last Sunday.

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Sep 03

D’Ambrosio on pole for Monza race seat

Jerome d’Ambrosio is on pole position to replace the banned Romain Grosjean at Monza.

2012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #1 0192012-06-09_0119The FIA has banned Frenchman Grosjean for one race after causing the crash that ended championship contenders Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton’s Belgian grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 29

Marussia to use Williams KERS in 2013

Marussia will use a KERS system supplied by rivals Williams in 2013.

2012-06-08_01612012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix b 0004Technical consultant Pat Symonds also revealed on Wednesday that Marussia, the former Virgin team he joined after bowing out of F1 amid the ‘crashgate’ affair, will remain with Cosworth power next season. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 28

Di Grassi involved in FIA’s ‘Formula E’ plans

Pirelli tester and former Virgin race driver Lucas di Grassi is now involved in plans for the FIA’s new ‘Formula E’ category.

Lucas di Grassi2011-07-06 - Pirelli - Lucas di GrassiThe governing body’s president Jean Todt has signed a deal with Addax GP2 and GP3 team owner Alejandro Agag and other Hong Kong-based investors to promote the new single seater series that will debut in 2014. The cars, to be developed by official tester and Brazilian di Grassi, will be powered only by lithium batteries and electric energy.

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Aug 24

No Friday outing for Lotus’ d’Ambrosio at Spa

D’Ambrosio said it is not clear if he will get the opportunity to drive the E20 in Friday practice at another grand prix this year.

2012-06-09_01192012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #1 019He may be Lotus’ Belgian reserve driver, but Jerome d’Ambrosio has revealed he will not be driving the black and E20 in front of his home crowd next weekend at Spa-Francorchamps. Read the rest of this entry »

May 17

Ferrari say Massa contender for 2013 race seat

And the candidates are lining up.

2012-05-13 - Spanish Grand Prix 5 08022012-05-12 - Spanish Grand Prix a 0426Ferrari has played down rumours it is close to immediately ousting Felipe Massa, insisting it is possible the struggling Brazilian will still be in a red car next year. On Twitter, the famous Italian team said the latest rumours – including a claim that former Virgin driver Jerome d’Ambrosio is a candidate to replace Massa in 2012 – are “funny”. Read the rest of this entry »

May 11

Senna name scooping up sponsors in Brazil – di Grassi

Lucas di Grassi mentioned a very famous name when asked about his struggle to return to formula one.

2011-07-24 - Pirelli - Germany - Lucas di Grassi 012012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #1 122Just one season into his career, the Brazilian lost his Virgin seat, but he remains one of the sport’s most highly respected test drivers, and was hard at work for tyre supplier Pirelli earlier this week at Jerez. Read the rest of this entry »

May 09

De Villota not ruling out Friday drive

Maria de Villota is not ruling out appearing during a Friday morning practice session some time in 2012.

2012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #1 5362012-03-08 - Marussia F1 Team - Maria De VillotaThe 32-year-old Spaniard made international headlines in March when she signed with Marussia as a test driver. She subsequently admitted, however, that – despite travelling to all the grands prix with the former Virgin team this year – she is “not the reserve driver”. Read the rest of this entry »

May 01

D’Ambrosio could drive Fridays in 2012

Jerome d’Ambrosio has revealed he could drive one of the Lotus cars during Friday morning practice sessions at some point in 2012.

2012-03-15 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Thursday #1 0192012-02-05 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean - Jerome DAmbrosio - Kimi Raikkonen 01The former Virgin driver, who is managed by Lotus boss Eric Boullier’s Gravity company, was appointed as the team’s third and reserve driver for this year. But, until now, it was not known if the role would involve Friday morning practice duties. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Pirelli situation ‘good for F1′ – di Grassi

Pirelli test driver Lucas di Grassi has defended the F1 tyre supplier following Michael Schumacher’s criticism.

2011-07-24 - Pirelli - Germany - Lucas di Grassi 012011-07-06 - Pirelli - Lucas di GrassiSchumacher attacked the Italian marque’s 2012 product after the Bahrain grand prix, complaining that the tyres wear so fast that drivers often have to take corners at half-pace like the safety car. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Sponsorship ‘only problem’ for di Grassi

Lucas di Grassi has admitted that even his continuing role at Pirelli is not a ticket back onto the F1 grid.

2010-11-06 - Virgin Racing - Lucas di Grassi 92010-06-27 - Virgin Racing - Lucas di Grassi 2“I’m in the best possible position technically, as the driver with knowledge of the tyres – almost choosing them for next season – it puts me in a very comfortable position. “Of course I want to race again with a team and I’m working on it,” said the 2010 Virgin driver, who was replaced by the now Marussia team with Jerome d’Ambrosio at the end of his only season in F1. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 23

Glock happy fans still rate ability

Timo Glock has revealed he is happy to know F1 spectators still rate his talents.

2012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #1 1352012-03-18 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Sunday #5 10302012 is the 30-year-old’s third consecutive season with backmarkers Marussia (formerly Virgin), after an impressive earlier career at Toyota. But a recent online poll in Germany showed that a majority of his countrymen think he would be a worthy successor at Mercedes for Michael Schumacher, should the seven time world champion return to retirement. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 18

Di Grassi in Pirelli test talks

Lucas di Grassi is in talks about returning to the role as Pirelli’s official test driver.

2011-07-24 - Pirelli - Germany - Lucas di Grassi 012011-07-06 - Pirelli - Lucas di GrassiThe Brazilian worked with F1’s official supplier last year at the wheel of its Toyota test car, after losing his race seat at Virgin. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 16

Two teams likely to sit out Melbourne

Two teams are in danger of sitting out Sunday’s Australian grand prix.

2012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #4 0862012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #4 303“The idea, here, is to qualify for the race,” Marussia’s Timo Glock told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper from Melbourne. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 13

Marussia must focus on basics before KERS – Glock

Marussia needs to get the basics right before worrying about KERS, Timo Glock explained on the eve of the 2012 season.

12 - Marussia F1 Team2012-03-06 - Marussia F1 Team - MR01 06The experienced German, and his rookie teammate Charles Pic, enter the new season with essentially no testing, after the former Virgin team struggled to push its new car – the MR01 – through the FIA’s mandatory crash tests. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

De Villota admits not Marussia reserve

Maria de Villota has admitted she is not Marussia’s reserve driver for 2012.

Maria de Villota12 - Marussia F1 TeamThe 32-year-old Spaniard made international headlines last week by signing with the former Virgin team. But she has admitted that, should Timo Glock or Charles Pic be unable to race this season, she will not automatically step into the MR01. Read the rest of this entry »

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