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Marussia Virgin to compete under Russian licence

Marussia Virgin Racing will compete under a Russian licence in its second F1 season.

Marussia Virgin Racing will become the second F1 team to compete under a different national flag in 2011, following confirmation that it will honour its new Russian backer by switching from a British licence.

Just a couple of weeks after Lotus Renault GP revealed that it would compete under a British licence this season, Virgin - which debuted under the Union Jack in 2010 - announced that it would don the Russian colours after the nation's foremost sportscar manufacturer lent its support to the programme.

"On Monday 7 February, we will officially announce that Marussia Virgin Racing is not just the first Russian team, but the first team with a Russian license," Marussia Motors president Nikolai Fomenko told RIA Novosti, before somewhat optimistically adding that 'this means, for a victory, the Russian anthem will be played'.

Fomenko was named as the team's engineering director earlier this week, and 'will provide overall leadership for the team's technology programmes, covering race car development, engineering and collaboration with Marussia's road car programme'.

Timo Glock and Belgian rookie Jerome d'Ambrosio will drive for Marussia Virgin this season, and the German was on track at this week's Valencia group test, driving the 'old' VR-01 for the last time before the new MVR-02 arrives in time for the Jerez session next week. He was able to complete a total of 114 laps on day three at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, exceeding the combined total of laps achieved over the previous two days and setting a new team record by accumulating a total of 462km.

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ed - Unregistered

February 04, 2011 1:21 PM

From the Guardian, Wednesday 16th Dec 2009: Richard Branson on Tuesday said he is proud to be involved with the last fully British team in Formula One. Comparing Virgin with other British teams including stalwarts Williams and McLaren, Branson told the Guardian that his Yorkshire based outfit is the "last 100 percent owned British team".

Alan D - Unregistered

February 04, 2011 1:19 PM

I know there is zero chance of Virgin actually winning a race, but its the principle that matters. I think the Red Bull example above is a good one. Maybe the time for anthems for teams is over. Yes, play the anthem of the winning driver, but the team? If you are not respecting the people who actually build the car then it seems pointless. If you are only doing it for the sponsor's benefit, its even more pointless. You might as well forget the pretence that its about honouring the nation and just play the sponsor's theme tune that they use in their advertising. Just think, you could then have the drivers looking solemn on the podium while someone plays The Birdie song.

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