|Team principal(s)||John Booth
(Founder and Team Principal)
(President and Sporting Director)
|Current series||Formula One
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup
|Former series||GP3 Series
Formula Renault 2.0 UK
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series
|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
1999: Marc Hynes
2000: Antônio Pizzonia
|Full name||Manor Marussia F1 Team|
|Team principal(s)||John Booth|
|Previous name||Marussia F1 Team|
|2015 Formula One season|
|Race drivers||28. Will Stevens
98. Roberto Merhi
|Test drivers||42. Fabio Leimer
|Formula One World Championship career|
|First entry||2015 Australian Grand Prix|
|Latest entry||2015 Hungarian Grand Prix|
|Races entered||10 (9 starts)|
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, winning successive British titles with Marc Hynes and Pizzonia.
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.
Virgin Racing (2010–11)
On 12 June 2009, it was announced Manor's application to participate in the 2010 Formula One season had been accepted. 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. This design approach was abandoned in 2011 when the team forged a technical partnership with McLaren.
Marussia F1 (2012–14)
The Formula One team was renamed the Marussia F1 Team after Marussia Motors bought a controlling interest in the team. 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. 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. 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.
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. This was possible thanks to businessman Stephen Fitzpatrick buying the team, with Justin King joining as chairman.
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. This report was refuted by the team the following day. Manor ultimately started the season with a modified version of their 2014 car, updated to meet 2015 regulations, and expect to have a new car built specifically for the 2015 regulations ready by the August break. 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 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, 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.
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.
Prior to the Canadian Grand Prix, the team announced the recruitment of Fabio Leimer as reserve driver and, more crucially, of former Mercedes F1 team technical director, Bob Bell, as technical consultant. 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. 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. In addition to new livery, the MR03B race car also received its first updates at the latter Grand Prix.
The Manor team has had the misfortune of seeing two of its drivers sustain severe head injuries.
In July 2012, test driver María de Villota crashed heavily into a team transporter during straight line aerodynamic tests. 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.
In October 2014, race driver, Jules Bianchi, suffered severe brain injuries while competing in the Japanese Grand Prix. He succumbed to his injuries in July 2015 after remaining hospitalized and in a coma since the accident. 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. In Bianchi's honour, since the 2014 Russian Grand Prix, the team cars have been carrying a "JB17" logo, which represent Bianchi's initials and race number.
|2010||Virgin Racing||VR-01||Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8||B||24.
| Timo Glock
Lucas di Grassi
|2011||Marussia Virgin Racing||MVR-02||Cosworth CA2011 2.4 V8||P||24.
| Timo Glock
|2012||Marussia F1 Team||MR01||Cosworth CA2012 2.4 V8||P||24.
| Timo Glock
|2013||Marussia F1 Team||MR02||Cosworth CA2013 2.4 V8||P||22.
| Jules Bianchi
|2014||Marussia F1 Team||MR03||Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6 t||P||4.
| Max Chilton
|2015||Manor Marussia F1 Team||MR03B||Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6 t||P||28.
| Will Stevens
* Season in progress.
Complete Formula One World Championship results
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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*|
* 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.
|Formula 3 Euro Series results|
|2004||Dallara F304-Mercedes HWA||Charles Zwolsman||20||0||0||0||9||16th||5th|
|2005||Dallara F305-Mercedes-HWA||Lucas di Grassi||20||1||1||0||68||3rd||4th|
|Paul di Resta||20||0||0||0||32||10th|
|2006||Dallara F305-Mercedes||Kohei Hirate||20||1||0||0||61||3rd||2nd|
|2007||Dallara F305-Mercedes||Franck Mailleux||20||1||0||4||38||7th||2nd|
|2008||Dallara F308-Mercedes||Koudai Tsukakoshi||20||0||0||0||36||7th||5th|
|2009||Dallara F308-Mercedes||César Ramos||16||0||0||0||0||25th||4th|
* Season in progress
|2010||Dallara-Renault||Manor Racing||James Jakes||12||0||0||0||21||8th||4th|
|2011||Dallara-Renault||Marussia Manor Racing||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||16||1||2||2||36||5th||3rd|
|2012||Dallara-Renault||Marussia Manor Racing||Tio Ellinas||16||1||0||3||97||8th||5th|
|2013||Dallara-Renault||Marussia Manor Racing||Tio Ellinas||16||2||1||1||116||4th||5th|
|2014||Dallara-Renault||Marussia Manor Racing||Patrick Kujala[nb 1]||18||0||0||0||22||14th||6th|
|Ryan Cullen[nb 2]||16||0||0||0||0||25th|
|Dean Stoneman[nb 3]||18||5||1||2||163||2nd|
- 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.
- Cullen joined Trident Racing for the last round of the 2014 season.
- 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.
|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|
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- F3 Euroseries complete results speedsportmag.com