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Virgin Racing

Full name: Virgin RacingVirgin logo
Base: Dinnington, United Kingdom
First GP: 2010 Bahrain GP
Team Principal: Alex Tai

Pole Positions: 0
Highest race position:
Highest championship position:

Drivers: Timo Glock (24) and Lucas di Grassi (25)
Test Drivers: Andy Soucek and Luis Razia

Team biography

They came wearing black leather jackets, they are all about music and they want to go to space – forget about Red Bull, Virgin is the new “cool” team.

Even the most cynical recognizes Richard Branson as one of the most successful businessman in the world – there are few things in which the Virgin Group is not into, and they are usually at the top. For a group which works in such variety of areas – from the music industry, to airlines and to space tourism – it was only a matter of time before Formula 1 became a part of its portfolio. Their first involvement in the sport was with Brawn GP as a sponsor, in a deal signed only hours before the practice seasons for the Australian Grand Prix – a very smart move by Branson.

The flashy Virgin logo was the only one displayed in the white background of the Brawn cars – that alone was a privilege – but no-one would predict that Ross Brawn team would lockout the front row of the grid and score a one-two in their debut. The exposure of Virgin’s brand was maximum, but as soon as Brawn’s value raised, Branson bailed out.

Branson is not a sportsman, he is a businessman – he is there to raise Virgin’s revenue, and he thinks he can do just that by taking the Manor GP project. Running a F1 team under £40 million and developing the car using only CFD software is not an easy task, but hey, they have lots of sponsors! Isn’t it all that matters in the business world?

But despite that, Virgin is an welcome addition to the paddock – we don’t need bureaucratic and corporative teams. We need a burst of life, of music, we need some spirit in this robotic grid. Which other team’s website has the face of the owner on it’s main page?

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