Manor Motorsport

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United Kingdom Manor Motorsport Ltd
Manor F1 Team logo.png
Founded 1990
Team principal(s) John Booth
(Founder and Team Principal)
Graeme Lowdon
(President and Sporting Director)
Current series Formula One
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup
Former series GP3 Series
F3 Euroseries
Formula Renault 2.0 UK
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series
British F3
Auto GP
Drivers'
Championships
Formula Renault UK:
1999: Antônio Pizzonia
2000: Kimi Räikkönen
2003: Lewis Hamilton
2005: Oliver Jarvis
Formula Renault UK Winter Series:
1999: Kimi Räikkönen
2006: Franck Mailleux
British F3:
1999: Marc Hynes
2000: Antônio Pizzonia
United Kingdom Marussia-Ferrari
Manor F1 Team logo.png
Full name Manor Marussia F1 Team
Base Dinnington,
South Yorkshire,
United Kingdom[1]
Team principal(s) John Booth
President Graeme Lowdon
Founder(s) John Booth
Website www.manorf1team.com
Previous name Marussia F1 Team
2015 Formula One season
Race drivers 28. United Kingdom Will Stevens[2]
98. Spain Roberto Merhi[3]
Test drivers 42. Switzerland Fabio Leimer[4]
United Kingdom Jordan King[3]
Chassis MR03B[5]
Engine Ferrari 059/3
Tyres Pirelli
Formula One World Championship career
First entry 2015 Australian Grand Prix
Latest entry 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix
Races entered 10 (9 starts)
Constructors'
Championships
0
Drivers'
Championships
0
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0

Manor Motorsport Ltd is a British motor racing team that was formed in 1990 by former single-seater champion John Booth.[6]

Throughout its history, the team primarily competed in Formula Renault, with past drivers including 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Räikkönen, 2008 and 2014 Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton and other Formula One drivers such as Antônio Pizzonia. They entered Formula Three in 1999,[6] winning successive British titles with Marc Hynes and Pizzonia.[7][8]

In 2007, Manor Motorsport saw a change of ownership when Formula Renault UK team manager, Tony Shaw, bought out John Booth and continued operating under the name of Manor Competition from a completely separate base. In turn, John Booth retained the Manor Motorsport name and continued to race in the Formula 3 Euro Series until 2009.

From 2010, Manor Motorsport has been participating in the Formula One World Championship.[9]

Formula One[edit]

Virgin Racing (2010–11)[edit]

Main article: Virgin Racing

On 12 June 2009, it was announced Manor's application to participate in the 2010 Formula One season had been accepted.[6] Their Formula One team was registered as Manor Grand Prix although it raced as Virgin Racing for sponsorship reasons. Powered by Cosworth engine, the team distinguished itself for designing its cars only digitally.[9] This design approach was abandoned in 2011 when the team forged a technical partnership with McLaren.[9]

Marussia F1 (2012–14)[edit]

Main article: Marussia F1

The Formula One team was renamed the Marussia F1 Team after Marussia Motors bought a controlling interest in the team.[9] In 2014, coinciding with the team's switch of engine supplier from Cosworth to Ferrari, the team scored its first ever World Championship points thanks to the exploits of their leading Ferrari-sponsored driver, Jules Bianchi, during the Monaco Grand Prix.[10] The team suffered a major blow at the Japanese Grand Prix, when Bianchi was involved in a serious crash and remained in a coma before succumbing to his head injuries in July 2015. At the following race, the inaugural Russian Grand Prix, Marussia fielded only one car out of respect for Bianchi but also as a result of mounting financial pressure, which then saw the team enter administration alongside its rival, Caterham.[11] Marussia would take no further part in the 2014 season. It risked losing its 2014 prize money unless able to further compete in the sport the following year.

Manor (2015–present)[edit]

Main article: Manor Marussia F1

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.[12] This was possible thanks to businessman Stephen Fitzpatrick buying the team, with Justin King joining as chairman.[13]

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.[14] This report was refuted by the team the following day.[15] Manor ultimately started the season with a modified version of their 2014 car, updated to meet 2015 regulations,[16] and expect to have a new car built specifically for the 2015 regulations ready by the August break.[17] On 25 February 2015, Will Stevens was confirmed as Manor's first driver. On 9 March, it was also announced that Roberto Merhi will be Manor's second driver[3] with Jordan King – son of the new chairman – also joining as the development driver.

On 5 March 2015, Manor Marussia – as officially registered with the FIA – completed mandatory crash testing and were cleared to take their place on the starting grid at the Australian Grand Prix,[18] 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.[19]

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.[20]

Prior to the Canadian Grand Prix, the team announced the recruitment of Fabio Leimer as reserve driver[4] and, more crucially, of former Mercedes F1 team technical director, Bob Bell, as technical consultant.[21] 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.[21] 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.[22][23] In addition to new livery, the MR03B race car also received its first updates at the latter Grand Prix.[23]

Driver accidents[edit]

Main articles: María de Villota and Jules Bianchi

The Manor team has had the misfortune of seeing two of its drivers sustain severe head injuries.[24]

In July 2012, test driver María de Villota crashed heavily into a team transporter during straight line aerodynamic tests.[25] Among other things, she suffered the loss of her right eye but recovered sufficiently to become a motorsport safety advocate and getting married. In October 2013, however, she died following a heart attack believed to have been caused by her underlying brain injuries.[26]

In October 2014, race driver, Jules Bianchi, suffered severe brain injuries while competing in the Japanese Grand Prix.[27] He succumbed to his injuries in July 2015 after remaining hospitalized and in a coma since the accident.[28] Bianchi had made a significant contribution to the team as recognised by team principal, John Booth who, immediately following the 2015 Australian Grand Prix, attributed the team's 2015 return after a failing to complete the prior season, to the point-scoring and prize-winning performance of Bianchi at the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix.[29][30] In Bianchi's honour, since the 2014 Russian Grand Prix, the team cars have been carrying a "JB17" logo,[31] which represent Bianchi's initials and race number.

Results[edit]

Formula One[edit]

Year Name Car Engine Tyres No. Drivers Points WCC
Virgin
2010 United Kingdom Virgin Racing VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B 24.
25.
Germany Timo Glock
Brazil Lucas di Grassi
0 12th
2011 Russia Marussia Virgin Racing MVR-02 Cosworth CA2011 2.4 V8 P 24.
25.
Germany Timo Glock
Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio
0 12th
Marussia
2012 Russia Marussia F1 Team MR01 Cosworth CA2012 2.4 V8 P 24.
25.
Germany Timo Glock
France Charles Pic
0 11th
2013 Russia Marussia F1 Team MR02 Cosworth CA2013 2.4 V8 P 22.
23.
France Jules Bianchi
United Kingdom Max Chilton
0 10th
2014 Russia Marussia F1 Team MR03 Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6 t P 4.
17.
42.
United Kingdom Max Chilton
France Jules Bianchi
United States Alexander Rossi
2 9th
Manor
2015 United Kingdom Manor Marussia F1 Team MR03B Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6 t P 28.
98.
United Kingdom Will Stevens
Spain Roberto Merhi
0* 10th*

* Season in progress.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Points WCC
Virgin
2010 VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B BHR AUS MAL CHN ESP MON TUR CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR BRA ABU 0 12th
Germany Timo Glock Ret Ret Ret DNS 18 Ret 18 Ret 19 18 18 16 18 17 Ret 14 Ret 20 Ret
Brazil Lucas di Grassi Ret Ret 14 Ret 19 Ret 19 19 17 Ret Ret 18 17 20 15 DNS Ret NC 18
2011 MVR-02 Cosworth CA2011 2.4 V8 P AUS MAL CHN TUR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU BRA 0 12th
Germany Timo Glock NC 16 21 DNS 19 Ret 15 21 16 17 17 18 15 Ret 20 18 Ret 19 Ret
Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 14 Ret 20 20 20 15 14 22 17 18 19 17 Ret 18 21 20 16 Ret 19
Marussia
2012 MR01 Cosworth CA2012 2.4 V8 P AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU USA BRA 0 11th
Germany Timo Glock 14 17 19 19 18 14 Ret DNS 18 22 21 15 17 12 16 18 20 14 19 16
France Charles Pic 15 20 20 Ret Ret Ret 20 15 19 20 20 16 16 16 Ret 19 19 Ret 20 12
2013 MR02 Cosworth CA2013 2.4 V8 P AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN KOR JPN IND ABU USA BRA 0 10th
France Jules Bianchi 15 13 15 19 18 Ret 17 16 Ret 16 18 19 18 16 Ret 18 20 18 17
United Kingdom Max Chilton 17 16 17 20 19 14 19 17 19 17 19 20 17 17 19 17 21 21 19
2014 MR03 Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6 t P AUS MAL BHR CHN ESP MON CAN AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN RUS USA BRA ABU 2 9th
United Kingdom Max Chilton 13 15 13 19 19 14 Ret 17 16 17 16 16 Ret 17 18 Ret
France Jules Bianchi NC Ret 16 17 18 9 Ret 15 14 15 15 18 18 16 20
United States Alexander Rossi PO WD
Manor
2015 MR03B Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6 t P AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN AUT GBR HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN RUS USA MEX BRA ABU 0* 10th*
United Kingdom Will Stevens DNP DNS 15 16 17 17 17 Ret 13 16
Spain Roberto Merhi DNP 15 16 17 18 16 Ret 14 12 15

* Season in progress.
Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed greater than 90% of the race winner's distance.

F3 Euroseries[edit]

Formula 3 Euro Series results[32]
Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.Laps Points D.C. T.C.
2004 Dallara F304-Mercedes HWA Netherlands Charles Zwolsman 20 0 0 0 9 16th 5th
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 20 1 1 0 68 5th
2005 Dallara F305-Mercedes-HWA Brazil Lucas di Grassi 20 1 1 0 68 3rd 4th
United Kingdom Paul di Resta 20 0 0 0 32 10th
2006 Dallara F305-Mercedes Japan Kohei Hirate 20 1 0 0 61 3rd 2nd
Argentina Esteban Guerrieri 20 2 2 0 58 4th
Japan Kazuki Nakajima 20 1 0 0 36 7th
2007 Dallara F305-Mercedes France Franck Mailleux 20 1 0 4 38 7th 2nd
United Kingdom James Jakes 20 1 0 0 42 5th
Switzerland Cyndie Allemann 20 0 0 0 0 N/A
Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 20 0 0 0 40 6th
2008 Dallara F308-Mercedes Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi 20 0 0 0 36 7th 5th
United Kingdom Sam Bird 20 0 0 0 23 11th
Republic of Ireland Niall Breen 16 0 0 0 8 16th
Japan Kazuya Oshima 20 1 0 0 7 19th
2009 Dallara F308-Mercedes Brazil César Ramos 16 0 0 0 0 25th 4th
Brazil Pedro Enrique 20 0 0 0 0 27th
Spain Roberto Merhi 20 0 0 0 42 7th

* Season in progress

GP3 Series[edit]

Year Car Entrant Drivers Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points D.C. T.C.
2010 Dallara-Renault United Kingdom Manor Racing United Kingdom James Jakes 12 0 0 0 21 8th 4th
France Adrien Tambay 4 1 0 0 6 20th
Indonesia Rio Haryanto 16 1 0 0 27 5th
United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs 16 0 0 0 10 15th
2011 Dallara-Renault United Kingdom Marussia Manor Racing United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs 16 1 2 2 36 5th 3rd
Indonesia Rio Haryanto 16 2 0 1 31 7th
Finland Matias Laine 16 0 0 0 0 31st
2012 Dallara-Renault United Kingdom Marussia Manor Racing Cyprus Tio Ellinas 16 1 0 3 97 8th 5th
Brazil Fabiano Machado 16 0 0 0 0 21st
Russia Dmitry Suranovich 16 0 0 0 0 23rd
2013 Dallara-Renault United Kingdom Marussia Manor Racing Cyprus Tio Ellinas 16 2 1 1 116 4th 5th
United Kingdom Ryan Cullen 16 0 0 0 0 29th
United Kingdom Dino Zamparelli 16 0 0 0 13 18th
2014 Dallara-Renault United Kingdom Marussia Manor Racing Finland Patrick Kujala[nb 1] 18 0 0 0 22 14th 6th
United Kingdom Ryan Cullen[nb 2] 16 0 0 0 0 25th
United Kingdom Dean Stoneman[nb 3] 18 5 1 2 163 2nd
  1. ^ Kujala joined Trident Racing for the last two weekends of the 2014 season. At that point he had collected 22 points with Marussia Manor Racing.
  2. ^ Cullen joined Trident Racing for the last round of the 2014 season.
  3. ^ Stoneman joined Koiranen GP for the last two weekends of the 2014 season. At that point he had collected 95 points with Marussia Manor Racing.

Timeline[edit]

Type 1990s 2000s 2010s
90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Formulas Formula One
British Formula Three Championship Formula 3 Euro Series GP3 Series
British Formula Renault Championship Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
FR2000 Eurocup EFR 2.0 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Auto GP

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Will Stevens secures Manor Formula 1 race seat". autosport.com. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
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  4. ^ a b "Fabio Leimer joins Manor Marussia as reserve driver". 3 June 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "MANOR MARUSSIA F1 TEAM PARTNERS WITH AIRBNB. Helping race fans around the globe feel at home anywhere". 4 June 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
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  17. ^ http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/118555
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  30. ^ "How Jules Bianchi saved an F1 team". Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  31. ^ "Booth anticipating 'tough' Monaco weekend". GP Update. 18 May 2015. 
  32. ^ F3 Euroseries complete results speedsportmag.com

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