Manor Racing

Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited, trading as Manor Racing MRT, was 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.

The team collapsed in November 2014 owing around £60m, two of the companies out of pocket being Marussia's former competitors McLaren and Ferrari. 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 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.[1] 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".[2]

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

On 6 January 2017, it was announced that Manor's parent company, Just Racing Services, had been placed into administration by administrators at FRP Advisory.[3] On 27 January, Just Racing Services collapsed after failing to find a buyer. The team closed before the start of the 2017 season. Their 2017 entry fee was returned at the end of 2017.[4]

The team's collapse means all of the teams who joined the championship in 2010 have now disappeared from the grid. The arrival of Haas F1 in 2016 has subsequently displaced Manor and the other 2010 teams as the sport's latest entry.

Full nameManor Racing MRT
BaseBanbury, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom
Noted staffStephen Fitzpatrick
Abdulla Boulsein
Thomas Mayer
Dave Ryan
John McQuilliam
Nicholas Tombazis
Luca Furbatto
Pat Fry
Noted driversIndonesia Rio Haryanto
France Esteban Ocon
Germany Pascal Wehrlein
Previous nameManor Marussia F1 Team
Formula One World Championship career
First entry2016 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Races entered21
Race victories0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0



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.[5][6]

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.[7] Permission was granted before being formally ratified at a meeting of the FIA World Motorsport Council.[8] The team competed as Marussia until 2014 when it collapsed mid-season. A deal to save the team was put together ahead of the 2015 season, with Manor operating the team independently of Marussia, though the team kept the Marussia name to secure prize money from the 2014 season. After running an outdated chassis and power unit throughout 2015, the team rebranded itself as Manor Racing MRT for 2016 and signed a deal to use Mercedes engines.

In January 2016, the team appointed former Ferrari chief designer Nicholas Tombazis as its chief aerodynamicist,[9] and recruited fellow former Ferrari employee Pat Fry as an engineering consultant.[10]

In February 2016, Manor confirmed that Pascal Wehrlein, 2015 DTM champion and Mercedes junior driver, and Rio Haryanto would race for the team in 2016.[11][12]

2016 season

On 22 February 2016, Manor launched their new car at the first test. The team has undergone a complete re-branding under the ownership of Fitzpatrick, and has seen the team colours change to orange, white and blue.[13]

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. Haryanto finished a race for the first time, in 17th.

At the Austrian Grand Prix, Wehrlein achieved a 12th place qualifying position, the highest achieved by the team. Wehrlein also scored the team's first ever point and its best result to date by finishing 10th in the race.[14]

The team's reserve driver, Alexander Rossi, won the Indianapolis 500.

Before the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix, Rio Haryanto was demoted to reserve driver due to "his failure to meet his contractual obligations", due to his sponsors being unable to fulfill their financial commitments. For the remaining nine races of the season, he was replaced by Esteban Ocon, who had made frequent appearances testing for both Renault and Mercedes and who was considered to be a promising young talent.[15]

At the end of a Brazilian Grand Prix held in adverse conditions, Sauber gained two points, putting them ahead of Manor in the championship, costing the team £30 million in prize money.[16]

Before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix reports circulated and Stephen Fitzpatrick confirmed that the team were in advanced talks with a new investor.[17] However, in early January 2017 the team's parent company was put under administration after the investment talks failed, putting their participation in the 2017 season into doubt.[3] Although they paid their 2017 entry fee, since their participation did not materialise, the entry fee was returned by the FIA at the end of 2017.[4]

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 19 18 16 Ret 21 20
France Esteban Ocon 16 18 18 16 21 18 21 12 13
Germany Pascal Wehrlein 16 13 18 18 16 14 17 Ret 10 Ret 19 17 Ret Ret 16 15 22 17 Ret 15 14


  1. ^ Johnson, Daniel (4 March 2015). "Manor owner Stephen Fitzpatrick throws in £30 million of his own money to save beleaguered team". The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  2. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (19 January 2016). "Manor reveals new team name, logo". Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b Benson, Andrew (6 January 2017). "Manor Racing enter administration and are on brink of collapse". BBC. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b "FIA Reimburses Manor Racing for 2017 F1 Entry Fee". FIA. 20 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  5. ^ Noble, Jonathan (11 November 2010). "Russian car maker takes stake in Virgin". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  6. ^ Holt, Sarah (11 November 2010). "Russian supercar firm Marussia takes over Virgin Racing". BBC Sport. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi: BBC. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  7. ^ Noble, Jonathan (1 November 2011). "Virgin applies for name change to become Marussia". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  8. ^ Cooper, Adam (3 November 2011). "Caterham, Lotus and Marussia name changes approved". Adam Cooper's F1 Blog. WordPress. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Nikolas Tombazis joins Manor F1 Team as Chief Aerodynamicist". Manor Racing. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  10. ^ Barretto, Lawrence (25 January 2016). "Ex-Ferrari F1 engineering director Pat Fry to Manor as consultant". Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Manor sign rookie Haryanto to complete 2016 grid". Formula One Administration. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Manor sign rookie Wehrlein to lead 2016 F1 attack". Formula One Administration. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  13. ^ Esler, William (22 February 2016). "Manor launch their 2016 F1 car, the MRT05". Sky Sports. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  14. ^ Anderson, Ben; Parkes, Ian (3 July 2016). "Pascal Wehrlein doesn't know where pace for F1 points came from". Autosport. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Ocon replaces Haryanto at Manor". Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  16. ^ Ltd., Crash Media Group. "Manor not giving up on catching Sauber after Brazil pain | F1 News". Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  17. ^ Ltd., Crash Media Group. "Manor boss 'agrees terms' with new investor | F1 News". Retrieved 27 November 2016.

External links

2010 Catalunya GP2 Series round

The 2010 Spanish GP2 round was a GP2 Series motor race held on May 8 and May 9, 2010 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmeló, Spain. It was the first race of the 2010 GP2 Season. The race was used to support the 2010 Spanish Grand Prix. It was also the first weekend where GP2's feeder formula GP3 made its début. All cars in GP3 use the same GP3/10 chassis and are powered by a four cylinder 2.0 litre (122 cu in) 280 bhp turbocharged engine developed by Renault Sport. Jules Bianchi gained pole position for the feature race on his first outing for ART. While in GP3 pole was achieved by Nigel Melker.

2010 GP3 Series

The 2010 GP3 Series season was the first season of the GP3 Series, a feeder series for the GP2 Series. The championship was contested over sixteen races held at eight rounds, beginning on 8 May at Circuit de Catalunya and ending on 12 September at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Ten teams were announced, running three cars each.

The inaugural title was claimed by ART Grand Prix driver Esteban Gutiérrez, having taken the final pole position of the season at Monza to put him out of reach of title rival Robert Wickens. Gutiérrez took five race wins during the season, four of which coming in the higher points-rewarding races held on Saturdays. He also took four further podium finishes en route to a 17-point championship win over Wickens. Wickens eventually ended the season with three victories at Hockenheim, Spa-Francorchamps – despite spinning in wet conditions and damaging the nose of his Status Grand Prix car against the pit wall – and Monza, as well as four second place finishes, two of which being behind Gutiérrez.

Nico Müller finished in third position for Jenzer Motorsport, taking victories in Valencia and at the Hungaroring. He finished 15 points clear of Gutiérrez's team-mate Alexander Rossi, who took wins from pole position in the sprint races in Barcelona and at the Hungaroring. Rio Haryanto was fifth for Manor Racing, winning in Istanbul from a reverse-grid pole position. Other victories were taken by Status Grand Prix's Daniel Morad at Silverstone, Pål Varhaug won the season-opening race in Barcelona and Adrien Tambay won from 27th on the grid at Spa in a wet/dry race. ART Grand Prix also claimed the teams' championship, having done so at Spa-Francorchamps, finishing 44 points clear of nearest challengers Status Grand Prix, while Jenzer Motorsport finished in third position ahead of Manor Racing.

2010 Istanbul Park GP2 Series round

The 2010 Turkish GP2 round was a GP2 Series motor race held on May 29 and May 30, 2010 at the Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey. It was the third race of the 2010 GP2 Season and the second race of the 2010 GP3 Season. The race was used to support the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix.

2011 Hungaroring GP2 Series round

The 2011 Hungarian GP2 round was a GP2 Series motor race held on July 30 and 31, 2011 at Hungaroring, Hungary. It was the seventh round of the 2011 GP2 season and the sixth round of the 2011 GP3 season. The race supported the 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix.

2011 Monza GP2 Series round

The 2011 Italian GP2 Series round was a GP2 Series motor race held on September 10 and 11, 2011 at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy. It was the ninth round of the 2011 GP2 season and the eighth round of the 2011 GP3 season. The race supported the 2011 Italian Grand Prix. This was the last championship round of the season for both series, but GP2 will race a non-championship round in Abu Dhabi.

In GP2 Series, after Romain Grosjean clinched Drivers' Championship in the previous round, the contest for the Teams' title continued as Barwa Addax was only 8 points ahead DAMS in the standings, but the Spanish team won the title after the last race.

In GP3 Series, Lotus ART was crowned Teams' Champion in Belgium, while in the Drivers' standings Valtteri Bottas, who held a five-point lead over his teammate James Calado before the round, with Nigel Melker, Alexander Sims and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs all having mathematically a chance, sealed the title with his victory in Race 1.

2011 Silverstone GP2 Series round

The 2011 British GP2 round was a GP2 Series motor race held on 9 and 10 July 2011 at Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, United Kingdom. It was the fifth round of the 2011 GP2 Season and the fourth round of the 2011 GP3 Season. The race supported the 2011 British Grand Prix.

2011 Valencia Street GP2 Series round

The 2011 Valencian GP2 Round was the fourth round of the 2011 GP2 Series season. It was held on June 24–26, 2011 at Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia, Spain, supporting the 2011 European Grand Prix.

2012 Monaco GP2 and GP3 Series rounds

The 2012 Monaco GP2 Series round and the 2012 Monaco GP3 Series round were a pair of motor races held at the Circuit de Monaco in the Principality of Monaco as part of both the GP2 and GP3 Series. The races, held on 25 and 26 May, were in support of the Monaco Grand Prix. The GP2 races was the fifth round of the 2012 GP2 championship, while the GP3 races formed the second round of the 2012 GP3 season. 2012 marked the first time that the GP3 Series held at the Circuit de Monaco.

2012 Monza GP2 and GP3 Series rounds

The 2012 Monza GP2 series round and the 2012 Monza GP3 Series round were a group of motor races held at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza near Monza in Italy for the GP2 and GP3 Series championships. The races, which were run on 8 and 9 September, was in support of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. The GP2 races formed the eleventh round of the 2012 GP2 championship, while the GP3 races were the eighth and final round of the 2012 GP3 season.

GP2 championship contenders Luiz Razia and Davide Valsecchi both arrived at Monza with equal points. By the end of the meeting, Razia had failed to score in both races while Valsecchi finished sixth in the Feature race and won the Sprint race, which — combined with an extra two points for a fastest lap — gave him a twenty-five point lead going into the final round in Singapore.MW Arden driver Mitch Evans secured the 2012 GP3 championship in the Race 2 when his nearest title rival, Daniel Abt failed to secure enough points to take the title himself.This was also the final race for the original GP3 car, the Dallara GP3/10, as it was replaced in 2013 by the GP3/13.

2012 Silverstone GP2 and GP3 Series rounds

The 2012 Silverstone GP2 Series round and the 2012 Silverstone GP3 Series round was a group of motor races held at the Silverstone Circuit in Great Britain for the GP2 and GP3 Series championships. The races, held on 7 and 8 July, were in support of the British Formula One Grand Prix. The GP2 races were the seventh round of the 2012 GP2 championship, while the GP3 races formed the fourth round of the 2012 GP3 season.

Trident Racing entered a third car for Giovanni Venturini in the GP3 category, making the Silverstone rounds the first time the GP3 Series had been run with a full twenty-seven car grid in 2012.Mexican Esteban Gutierrez won the feature race while Brazilian Luiz Razia won the sprint race. Series leader Valsecchi was penalized and sent to the back of the starting grid due to the infringement of a technical regulation related to the quantity of fuel available after the qualifying session. As a result, Razia ended up leading the GP2 Championship after Silverstone.

2013 Catalunya GP2 and GP3 Series rounds

The 2013 Catalunya GP2 Series round was a GP2 Series motor race held at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmeló, Spain on 11 and 12 May 2012 as the fourth round of the 2013 GP2 Series season. The weekend also saw the first round of the 2013 GP3 Series season, and the debut of the GP3 Series' second-generation chassis, the Dallara GP3/13.Robin Frijns took his—and team Hilmer Motorsports'—maiden GP2 Series victory in the feature race, ahead of Felipe Nasr. Stefano Coletti took his second race win of the season in the sprint race, beating Frijns by six-tenths of a second and further secured his championship lead with the result.Tio Ellinas inherited pole position in the GP3 Series feature race when pole-sitter Kevin Korjus was given a grid penalty, and he went on to win the race. Aaro Vainio won the sprint race, leading home team-mate Korjus to give team Koiranen GP the lead in the teams' championship in after their first GP3 Series round.

Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon (born 17 September 1996) is a French racing driver who currently is a reserve driver in Formula One for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. He made his Formula One debut for Manor Racing in the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix, replacing Rio Haryanto. Ocon is part of the Mercedes-Benz driver development programme. He holds the all-time record for most consecutive finishes from start of career, with 27.

John McQuilliam

John McQuilliam (born 3 August 1962) is a Formula One car designer from England. He worked for Williams from 1986 and subsequently Arrows as a composite engineer before joining Jordan. After Jordan was purchased by Midland Group in 2005, McQuilliam remained with the team until it was sold again to Spyker Cars in 2007. At the end of 2007 he left Spyker and then worked for Wirth Research, a company owned by Nick Wirth, as an aerodynamics expert.

In March 2014, McQuilliam was back in F1 as a technical expert/designer for Marussia, which continued into 2015 with Manor Marussia F1 Team. For the 2016 season, he was appointed as Technical Director. After the demise of Manor Racing, McQuilliam joined Prodrive, working as Chief Engineer in their composites division.

Manor MRT05

The Manor MRT05 is a Formula One racing car designed by Manor Racing for use in the 2016 Formula One season. The car was driven by three rookies, reigning Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters champion Pascal Wehrlein, GP2 Series regular Rio Haryanto and reigning GP3 Series champion Esteban Ocon, who replaced Haryanto ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Manor Motorsport

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. Manor has participated as a team in many motorsport disciplines since its inception, including Formula One.

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

The Formula One team most recently known as Manor Racing cut its links with Manor Motorsport following John Booth and his partner Graeme Lowdon's resignation from the Formula One project at the end of the 2015 season.

Pat Fry

Pat Fry (born 17 March 1964) is the engineering director for the McLaren Formula One team. Prior to his current position, he had previously held positions with the Ferrari, Manor Racing, and Benetton teams.

Rio Haryanto

Rio Haryanto (born 22 January 1993) is an Indonesian racing driver who currently competes in Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia for T2 Motorsports. He raced for Manor in Formula One for the first 12 races of the 2016 Formula One season. As of 2019, he is the first and only Indonesian driver to compete in Formula One. He is also the first Muslim driver to compete in Formula One.

Ryan Cullen

Ryan Cullen (born 26 March 1991) is an Irish racing driver, who recently drove in the GP3 Series in 2014 for Marussia Manor Racing. He also drove in British Formula Ford Championship in 2012.

Stephen Fitzpatrick

Stephen Fitzpatrick is a British businessman, founder of OVO Energy and former owner of the Manor Racing team. He is the President of Vertical Aerospace.

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