F1 Team Facts: Marussia
April 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
The Marussia F1 Team, previously known as Marussia Virgin Racing or Virgin Racing, is based in Banbury in the United Kingdom. This is the first year the team will race as “Marussia” in the Formula One. The team placed twelfth and last place in its debut season in 2010. It wasn’t until 2011 that they joined the Formula One commission so they could change their name to reflect their change in ownership – from Virgin to Marussia.
Timo Glock, a German driver, joined the Formula One in 2004 when he signed as Jordan’s Grand Prix test driver and made his debut at the Canadian Grand Prix, where he placed 11th but was moved to 7th due to the disqualification of other racers. After winning the GP2 in 2007, Glock was involved with several F1 teams. He signed a three-year contract with the Marussia team in July 2011.
Glock was joined by teammate Charles Pic for the 2012 season after the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix. Pic, a racer originally from France, raced in Formula Renault in France in 2006 and finished third. He then moved onto the French series where he placed fourth and then the championship where he placed third. Pic also participated in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and the GP2 Series. In 2009, he won the sprint race for Arden International in the first Bahrain round. He won his second main series win in 2011 at Catalunya and again at the Monaco sprint race later that season.
The team was unable to perform in the final testing session for the 2012 season in Barcelona due to car troubles. In Australia, they placed 14th and 15th. In Maylasia, they placed 17th and 20th.