Manor Racing

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United Kingdom MRT-Mercedes[1]
Full name Manor Racing
Base Banbury, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom
Team principal(s) Stephen Fitzpatrick
(Team Owner)
Dave Ryan
(Racing Director)
Technical Directors John McQuilliam
(Technical Director)[2]
Nicholas Tombazis
(Chief Aerodynamicist)
Luca Furbatto
(Chief Designer)
Pat Fry
(Engineering Consultant)
Previous name Manor Marussia F1 Team
2016 Formula One season
Race drivers 88. Indonesia Rio Haryanto[3]
94. Germany Pascal Wehrlein[4]
Test drivers United States Alexander Rossi (Reserve)
United Kingdom Jordan King (Development)
Chassis MRT05
Engine Mercedes PU106C Hybrid[5]
Tyres Pirelli
Formula One World Championship career
First entry 2016 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry 2016 Monaco Grand Prix
Races entered 6
Race victories 0
Podiums 0
Points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0

Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited, trading as Manor Racing, is a British Formula One racing team and constructor based in Banbury, Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. The team originally started racing in 2010 under the "Virgin Racing" name; the following year Virgin adopted Marussia as a title sponsor becoming "Marussia Virgin Racing" until being fully rebranded as the "Marussia F1 Team" for 2012.

On 19 January 2015, the administrators of Marussia announced that the auction of its cars and assets had been cancelled so as to allow a possible buy out to take place. The team collapsed owing around £60m, two of the companies out of pocket being Marussia's former competitors McLaren and Ferrari. The team exited administration on 19 February 2015, and was re-established as the "Manor Marussia F1 Team" after a CVA had been signed and new investment was secured to rescue the team. It was later announced that OVO Energy Owner and CEO, Stephen Fitzpatrick had purchased the team.[6] The team retained "Marussia" as its constructor name throughout the 2015 season, also adopting a British licence. On 19 January 2016, the team announced it would be renamed to "Manor Racing".[7]

The team competes under the constructor name MRT which stands for Manor Racing Team.



In 2009, Manor Grand Prix were awarded an entry into Formula One for the 2010 season, as a tie-up between successful junior racing team Manor Motorsport and Wirth Research. Before the end of that year, these entities became known as Virgin Racing, after Richard Branson's Virgin Group of companies who had bought the title sponsorship rights. Marussia were one of the team's partners for its debut season, where it finished in twelfth and last place in the constructors' championship. In November 2010, Marussia Motors purchased a controlling stake in the team, and the team became known as 'Marussia Virgin Racing' for the 2011 season.[8][9]

Following a disappointing start to the 2011 season, the team parted company with Wirth Research and entered a partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies ahead of the 2012 season. With this came a relocation from the original base in Dinnington, to the old Wirth premises in Banbury in Great Britain. Meanwhile, the team again finished the year bottom of the constructors' championship. In November 2011, it applied to the Formula One commission to formally change their constructor name for the 2012 season from Virgin to Marussia, to reflect their new ownership becoming Marussia F1 Team in the process.[10] Permission was granted before being formally ratified at a meeting of the FIA World Motorsport Council.[11]

On 15 January 2016, the Manor Marussia F1 Team appointed former Ferrari chief designer Nicholas Tombazis as its chief aerodynamicist with immediate effect.[12] On 25 January, Pat Fry, also formerly employed by Ferrari, was appointed as engineering consultant.[13]

In February 2016, Manor confirmed that Pascal Wehrlein, 2015 DTM champion and Mercedes junior driver, and Rio Haryanto will race for the team in 2016.[3][4]

2016 season

On 22 February 2016, Manor launched their new car at the first test. The team has undergone a complete re brand under the ownership of Fitzpatrick, and has seen the team colours change to orange, white and blue.[14]

During the first race of the season in Australia, Rio Haryanto retired due to a driveline problem, while Pascal Wehrlein finished in sixteenth place. At the next race, in Bahrain, Wehrlein was one place away from reaching Q2 for the first time in his career, qualifying sixteenth. He also achieved the team's best result to date, with 13th position. Haryanto finished a race for the first time, in 17th.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Points WCC
Indonesia Rio Haryanto Ret 17 21 Ret 17 15
Germany Pascal Wehrlein 16 13 18 18 16 14
  • * – Season still in progress.
  • – The driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified, as they completed over 90% of the race distance.


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