Manor Motorsport

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United Kingdom Manor Motorsport
Founded 1990
Team principal(s) John Booth
(Team Principal)
Graeme Lowdon
(President & Sporting Director)
Current series FIA World Endurance Championship
Former series Formula 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
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

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 different motorsport disciplines since its inception, including Formula One.

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

The Formula One team currently known as Manor Racing no longer has any association with Manor Motorsport, following John Booth and his partner Graeme Lowdon's resignation from the F1 project at the end of the 2015 season.[2]

Historical overview

Throughout its history, the team primarily competed in Formula Renault, with past drivers including 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Räikkönen, 2008, 2014 and 2015 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 till 2014. All except the first year were under the name of "Marussia Manor Racing".

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

Partnership with MP Motorsport

From 2012, Manor had participated in Auto GP, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 in partnership with MP Motorsport. The "Manor MP Motorsport" partnership continued through to the end of each championship's 2015 season, except in the case of Auto GP from which Manor MP Motorsport withdrew at the end of 2013.

World Endurance Championship

For its participation in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship, Manor will be using two[7] ORECA LM P2 05 chassis powered by Nissan engines.[8] Manor has so far announced that Tor Graves[9] and Will Stevens[7] will be driving for the team, with the driver pairings and full driver line-up to be announced in due course.

Formula One

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.[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)

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] This was possible thanks to businessman Stephen Fitzpatrick buying the team, with Justin King joining as chairman.[13]

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

Driver accidents

The Manor team has had the misfortune of seeing two of its drivers sustain severe head injuries.[14]

In July 2012, test driver María de Villota crashed heavily into a team transporter during straight line aerodynamic tests.[15] 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.[16]

In October 2014, race driver Jules Bianchi suffered severe brain injuries while competing in the Japanese Grand Prix.[17] He succumbed to his injuries in July 2015 after remaining hospitalised and in a coma since the accident.[18] 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.[19][20] In Bianchi's honour, since the 2014 Russian Grand Prix, the team cars have carried a "JB17" logo,[21] which represent Bianchi's initials and race number.


Formula One

Year Name Car Engine Tyres No. Drivers Points WCC
2010 United Kingdom Virgin Racing VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B 24.
Germany Timo Glock
Brazil Lucas di Grassi
0 12th
2011 Russia Marussia Virgin Racing MVR-02 Cosworth CA2011 2.4 V8 P 24.
Germany Timo Glock
Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio
0 12th
2012 Russia Marussia F1 Team MR01 Cosworth CA2012 2.4 V8 P 24.
Germany Timo Glock
France Charles Pic
0 11th
2013 Russia Marussia F1 Team MR02 Cosworth CA2013 2.4 V8 P 22.
France Jules Bianchi
United Kingdom Max Chilton
0 10th
2014 Russia Marussia F1 Team MR03 Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6 t P 4.
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.
United Kingdom Will Stevens
United States Alexander Rossi
Spain Roberto Merhi
0 10th

F3 Euroseries

Formula 3 Euro Series results[22]
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

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-Renault 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-Renault 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.


Current series
FIA World Endurance Championship 2016
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


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