Marussia Virgin Racing
Constructors championship 2010: 12th
New to the F1 scene last year, they remain Virgins in one sense – they have yet to score their maiden World Championship point after what Team Principal John Booth called “a tough but incredibly rewarding baptism”.
They go into 2011 buoyed by a new title partnership with Russian automotive concern Marussia, which was confirmed at the final race of 2010 in Abu Dhabi; it has seen a significant reshuffle behind the scenes.
New CEO Andy Webb uses the catch-cry “Ambition, Progress, Distinctive”, which may not be grammatically sound but means they want to take a step forward and do it their own unique way.
24 Timo Glock (age 28, German, 55 Grand Prix starts)
Began his on-off F1 career with four races for Jordan back in 2004, then returned in 2008 with Toyota, for whom he recorded fine podium performances in Hungary (2nd in `08) and Singapore (3rd in `09) and finished 10th overall in both campaigns. 2010 season: no points, 25th – best result 14th in Japan.
25 Jérôme D'Ambrosio (age 25, Belgian, making his F1 debut)
Comes to Albert Park after a hard-working final test in Barcelona – he had to do the whole four days when Timo was whisked off for an emergency appendectomy.
2010 season: A seasoned GP2 campaigner who was briefly dropped by his DAMS team last year, Jérôme showed his potential with a pole and victory in the Monaco GP2 sprint race, then got a taste of F1 by being ‘Friday driver’ with Virgin four times late in the year.
MVR-02, powered by Cosworth and again designed entirely, as Virgin put it, in the digital domain.