RADICAL MOVEMENT REQUIRED
VIRGIN Racing is no more and realistically, the team has faced a losing battle in its first two Grand Prix seasons. From the moment former technical director, Nick Wirth admitted in Australia 2010 that the team didn’t have a big enough fuel tank to finish races, any momentum that might have been built up vanished. Since then, it has been a real struggle for the team, as they haven’t troubled the points scorers, continued to fall away from Lotus (now Caterham) and almost be outpaced by the Hispania team on more than a sporadic basis.
Due to better race results from HRT, Virgin, managed by former Manor motorsport boss John Booth, has finished bottom of the constructors championship. This year, Marussia is the name they will be known as – the Russians involved in their second year of involvement having come onboard in 2011. Former Renault technical director Pat Symonds has been acting as a consultant, whilst serving a ban for his part in the 2009 race-fixing scandal. It will be interesting to see if his impact will have any movement in the team’s progress.
At times, former Toyota driver Timo Glock has produced absolute miracles and other occasions, frustration has led to the German not producing what is required of him. Considering he has finished in podium positions in the past, the project has been a failure in his career and frankly, a waste of his talent. Nevertheless, Timo has stayed on for a third successive year, which indicates he does has some faith in the operation. He has another new team-mate this year, as Frenchman Charles Pic moves into the no.2 seat. Pic finished fourth in last year’s GP2 series, winning a couple of races although the rest of his quantity is unknown. He replaces Jerome d’Ambrosio.
Many predict that Marussia will face another season of struggle. This year is make or break to see if they can make radical movements or be left trailing again at the back of the pack.