F1 » Virgin Racing releases technical director Nick Wirth

In the wake of its abject start to the F1 2011 World Championship campaign, Virgin Racing has announced that it has parted company with technical director Nick Wirth to 'take greater control of its own destiny'

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Fearless Frank - Unregistered

June 02, 2011 4:12 PM

I wouldnt doubt the entire Virgin design budget to Wirth Research is less than 50% of Lotus's design budget. Now, if that were true, and I suspect it is, didnt Wirth Research do well in comparison. After all, trying to do a season season on less than someone like Fernando Alonso alone is paid is a tough challenge. It would be nice to see how much teams spend before we judge on who we think is smart or stupid. After all , any comparison between Virgin and HRT to Mercedes and Ferrari can be a little pointless


June 02, 2011 5:52 PM

bossb. i dont know why you blame branson! the team may be called virgin, but it is run by manor motorsport, who are the owners and operators of the team, with a part ownership by malrussia. the team is called virgin in deference to bransons company who are acting as guarantors for a financial loan.
i am not a fan of branson, but it is wrong to criticise him for penny pinching, when it has absolutely nothing to do with him!

Rob01 - Unregistered

June 02, 2011 6:11 PM

He is penny pinching. When he lucked into the Brawn effort he received millions and millions in basically free advert for nothing. When Brawn asked him to up his ante he told Brawn NO. He attende all the races when the double diffuser put him in the winners cirlcle. He even went as far as hitting on button's girlfriend. Sure he made a good deal but when he got major returns on the small investment he didn't add to the effort. He then moved to Manor and backed some loans but still has yet to put real money into the team. And if it has nothing to do with Branson why the Virgin name? He wants his cake and eat it too.

nosense - Unregistered

June 02, 2011 8:37 PM

The first time I saw the "new" car I knew inmediately that Nick had his days counted on the team...

Single change from last year´s one? Fat Nose.

Recently they had changed something more and excaped the Hispania hunting...

But Nick´s fate was decided that day: now without job at Virgin and without a job at HPD...two strikes in one month.

MikeG - Unregistered

June 03, 2011 10:00 AM

I don't know much about CFD but my feeling is that any computational system is only as good as the software , the algorithms , and the historic data that they are using to compute. This means that in the future when the historical data is available then it will be possible to design a good car completely with CFD. At the moment it has proven to be a disaster and I guess Nick Wirth's determination to stick with a 100% CFD car has led to Virgin's current problem. Good luck to them in the future !!!

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