Manor Motorsport

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United Kingdom Manor Motorsport
Manor Motorsport logo.png
Founded1990
Team principal(s)John Booth
(Team Principal)
Graeme Lowdon
(President & Sporting Director)
Current seriesFIA World Endurance Championship
Former seriesFormula One
GP3 Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 UK
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup
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
Websitemanorwec.com

Manor Motorsport Ltd, currently trading as Manor Endurance Racing Ltd is a British motor racing company that was formed in 1990 by former single-seater champion John Booth.[1] Manor has participated as a team in many motorsport disciplines since its inception, including Formula One.

Its current sole involvement in motor racing is an entry to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship since 2016.

The Formula One team most recently known as Manor Racing cut its links with Manor Motorsport following John Booth and his partner Graeme Lowdon's resignation from the Formula One project at the end of the 2015 season.[2]

Historical overview[edit]

Throughout its history, the team primarily competed in Formula Renault, with past drivers including 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Räikkönen, 2008, 2014, 2015, and 2017 Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton and other Formula One drivers such as Antônio Pizzonia. They entered Formula Three in 1999,[1] winning successive British titles with Marc Hynes and Pizzonia.[3][4]

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 to 2015, Manor Motorsport participated in the Formula One World Championship under many guises.[5]

Manor also had a GP3 Series team from 2010 until 2014, run under the name of "Marussia Manor Racing" with the exception of the 2010 season.

On 5 February 2016, Manor Motorsport announced its entry into the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship.[6]

Partnership with MP Motorsport[edit]

From 2012 until 2015, Manor competed in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championships in partnership with MP Motorsport. As well as this, the two teams combined forces in Auto GP in 2012 and 2013.

World Endurance Championship[edit]

For its participation in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship, Manor are using two Oreca 05 chassis powered by Nissan engines, racing in the LMP2 class. The No. 44 car – driven by Tor Graves, James Jakes and Will Stevens – was entered for the full season.[7] The No. 45 car was entered on a one-off basis for every race except for Le Mans, as the car was entered too late to gain entry.[8] Richard Bradley, Roberto Merhi and Matt Rao were signed to drive the car.[7]

Formula One[edit]

Virgin Racing (2010–11)[edit]

Jérôme d'Ambrosio driving the Virgin VR-01 during the first free practice session at the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix.

On 12 June 2009, it was announced Manor's application to participate in the 2010 Formula One season had been accepted.[1] 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.[5] This design approach was abandoned in 2011 when the team forged a technical partnership with McLaren.[5]

Marussia F1/Manor Marussia (2012–15)[edit]

Charles Pic driving the Marussia MR01 during qualifying for the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Formula One team was renamed the Marussia F1 Team after Marussia Motors bought a controlling interest in the team.[5] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] This was possible thanks to businessman Stephen Fitzpatrick buying the team, with Justin King joining as chairman.[12]

Booth and Lowdon left the Formula One team at the end of the 2015 season. The team continued to race for one more season, under the name of Manor Racing, albeit independently of Manor Motorsport.[2]

Driver accidents[edit]

Two of the Manor team's drivers have sustained fatal head injuries.[13] In July 2012, test driver María de Villota crashed heavily into a team transporter during straight line aerodynamic tests.[14] Among other things, she suffered the loss of her right eye but recovered sufficiently to become a motorsport safety advocate and get married. In October 2013, however, she died following a heart attack believed to have been caused by her underlying brain injuries.[15]

In October 2014, race driver Jules Bianchi suffered severe brain injuries while competing in the Japanese Grand Prix.[16] He succumbed to his injuries in July 2015 after remaining hospitalised and in a coma since the accident.[17] 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 failing to complete the prior season to the point-scoring and prize-winning performance of Bianchi at the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix.[18][19] In Bianchi's honour, since the 2014 Russian Grand Prix, the team cars have carried a "JB17" logo,[20] 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
2015 United Kingdom Manor Marussia F1 Team MR03B Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6 t P 28.
53.
98.
United Kingdom Will Stevens
United States Alexander Rossi
Spain Roberto Merhi
0 10th

F3 Euroseries[edit]

Formula 3 Euro Series results[21]
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 Nunes 20 0 0 0 0 27th
Spain Roberto Merhi 20 0 0 0 42 7th

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-AER 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-AER 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.

World Endurance Championship[edit]

Year Entrant No. Car Driver Races Wins Poles Points D.C. T.C.
2016 United Kingdom Manor 44 Oreca 05 Thailand Tor Graves 4 0 0 14 25th 10th
United Kingdom James Jakes 2 0 0 4 31st
United Kingdom Will Stevens 2 0 0 4 7th
United Kingdom Matthew Rao 6 0 1 10 17th
Spain Roberto Merhi 3 0 0 6 14th
Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 1 0 0 10 27th
United Kingdom Matthew Howson 1 0 0 10 27th
United Kingdom Richard Bradley 5 0 1 10 17th
Mexico Alfonso Diaz Guerra 1 0 0 0 NC
United Kingdom Alex Lynn 2 0 1 4 30th
45 United Kingdom Matthew Rao 3 0 0 23 17th NC†
United Kingdom Richard Bradley 3 0 0 23 17th
Spain Roberto Merhi 4 0 0 29 14th
Thailand Tor Graves 2 0 0 0.5 25th
United Kingdom Alex Lynn 1 0 0 0.5 30th
Japan Shinji Nakano 1 0 0 0.5 32nd
Mexico Roberto González 2 0 0 6 29th
Switzerland Mathias Beche 1 0 0 0 NC
France Julien Canal 1 0 0 6 29th
2017 China CEFC Manor TRS Racing 24 Oreca 07 Thailand Tor Graves 3 0 0 34 7th 7th
Switzerland Jonathan Hirschi 3 0 0 34 7th
France Jean-Éric Vergne 3 0 0 34 7th
25 Mexico Roberto González 3 0 0 10 13th 13th
Russia Vitaly Petrov 3 0 0 10 13th
Switzerland Simon Trummer 3 0 0 10 13th

* Season still in progress

†Car ineligible for LMP2 Teams Championship

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Entrant No Car Drivers Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2016 United Kingdom Manor 44 Oreca 05-Nissan Thailand Tor Graves
United Kingdom Matthew Rao
Spain Roberto Merhi
LMP2 283 DNF DNF
2017 China CEFC Manor TRS Racing 24 Oreca 07-Gibson Thailand Tor Graves
Switzerland Jonathan Hirschi
France Jean-Éric Vergne
LMP2 360 7th 6th
25 Oreca 07-Gibson Mexico Roberto González
Switzerland Simon Trummer
Russia Vitaly Petrov
LMP2 152 DNF DNF

Timeline[edit]

Current series
FIA World Endurance Championship 2016-2018
Former series
British Formula Renault Championship 1990–2011
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 1991–2003, 2010, 2012–2015
British Formula 3 Championship 1999–2003
Formula 3 Euro Series 2004–2009
GP3 Series 2010–2014
Formula One 2010–2015
Auto GP 2012–2013
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup 2012–2015

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b DiZinno, Tony (1 December 2015). "Is there a new adventure for Lowdon, Booth? @RealManor Twitter launches today". MotorSportsTalk. NBC Sports. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Pizzonia flies in Snetterton test". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 19 February 2000. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Pizzonia's title, Monteiro's race". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d "FIA – Marussia team". Formula1.com. Formula One Administration. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  6. ^ DiZinno, Tony (5 February 2016). "Manor Confirms WEC Entry with Oreca 05 Nissan". Sportscar365. John Dagys Media, LLC. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Ex-Manor F1 driver Roberto Merhi joins reborn team in WEC LMP2". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  8. ^ Dagys, John (27 March 2016). "Manor Takes Delivery of Second Oreca 05 Nissan". Sportscar365. John Dagys Media, LLC. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  9. ^ Straw, Edd; Noble, Jonathan (25 May 2014). "Jules Bianchi says Marussia's first F1 points not luck". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Marussia F1 team goes into administration". BBC News. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  11. ^ Esler, William (4 February 2015). "Marussia's administrators say the team will exit administration on February 19". Sky Sports. BSkyB. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  12. ^ Benson, Andrew (5 March 2015). "Manor Marussia aim to be ready for start of F1 season". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Maledizione Marussia: il tragico filo che unisce la de Villota e Bianchi" [Marussia curse: the tragic thread that links de Villota and Bianchi] (in Italian). Il portale di Ticino. 5 October 2014.
  14. ^ "F1 test driver De Villota loses eye after accident". Yahoo! Eurosport. TF1 Group. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Hallan el cuerpo sin vida de María de Villota en un hotel de Sevilla". ABC. Catalina Luca de Tena, Grupo Vocento. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  16. ^ Smith, Luke (5 October 2014). "Bianchi suffers severe head injuries at Suzuka, requiring surgery". MotorSportsTalk. NBC Sports. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  17. ^ DiZinno, Tony (17 July 2015). "Jules Bianchi dies at age 25, his family confirms". NBC Sports. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Booth: Bianchi made Manor return possible". GP Update. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  19. ^ Walker, Kate (21 May 2015). "How Jules Bianchi saved an F1 team". Motorsport.com. Motorsport.com, Inc. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  20. ^ "Booth anticipating 'tough' Monaco weekend". GP Update. 18 May 2015.
  21. ^ F3 Euroseries complete results speedsportmag.com

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