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Lowdon: We have a bright future

Virgin Racing making progress according to sporting director Graeme Lowdon
Sporting director Graeme Lowdon says the Marussia Virgin Racing team has a bright future in F1 with a series of recent announcements having suggested that forward progress is being made.

Having ended its relationship with Wirth Research, the Manor Motorsport-run team then entered into a technical partnership with McLaren before tying lead driver Timo Glock to a new contract that will run through to 2014.

Those announcements came on the back of a troubled start to the team's second season in F1 and Lowdon insisted they were a sign that better things are round the corner for the team as it seeks to move forwards up the grid.

"There was a lot of frustration not so long ago, but there isn't now simply because of all of our recent announcements,” he told the Press Association. "It's quite clear we had to do something because there was a risk that frustration would set in. People in this team haven't just landed into Formula One. There are a lot of very experienced F1 people here. They've come from successful teams, and whilst they believe in what we are doing, they want to see progress and move forward.

"There certainly was a risk if we weren't making progress there would be some frustration. Clearly we didn't make as much progress this year as we wanted to, and that's pretty well documented, so we had to make some changes. But we've managed to retain that spirit and built on it, and now people can see there is a very credible future plan.

"A lot of people have put a lot of hard work in to get the team here, and hopefully we're looking forward to reaping some of the rewards as well."

However, Lowdon admitted that the team is unlikely to see a big improvement in performance until next season, when the team will fully benefit from its new relationship with McLaren – with the team hoping for results similar to those achieved by Force India after it too went into a technical partnership with the Woking-based outfit.

"You could argue we are already seeing intangible benefits because there is a quite clear direction and optimism within the team," he said. "That has been reflected in Timo signing a long-term contract, but in terms of when will we see anything on the track? It's going to be more the 2012 car than anything else.

"Everyone wants to see immediate improvement, [and] we're already using certain processes and have learned certain things which we feel will help us this year, but we're looking at more next year for improvement."

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Caroline - Unregistered

August 05, 2011 12:20 PM

Marussia Virgin is rapidly becoming the fans favourite team ... Albeit mostly because of Graeme Lowdon's support for FTA F1 in the UK, something the other teams have ignored completely, with Whitmarsh and Parr supporting the sell out to Sky.

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