Intego wrote:Improving reliability and weight was HRT's job, that's why they gained 11th place. I think Marussia Virgin WILL invest just because of new money from a new sponsor/partner. And I don't think Richard Branson wants to be stewardess twice. :lol:
BTW: When is the big flight??? :twisted:
I have a feeling that the VR/02 will be a much better car, simply because of investment. Wirth Research has the second most powerful CFD facility in F1 at their new facility. Manor GP has also hired or is to hire up to 40 more employees to the end of January.
Virgin are rumored to be taking less of a stake in sponsorship of the team visually on the car, most probably the cockpit sides (Where they were on the Brawn in 2009) and the rear wing. Vrigin are supplying $10m a year. Marussia are rumored to be supplying $14m. Other sponsors are rumored to be supplying $21m, a year; Nick Wirth has said he needs $55m to $60m a season for a compeditive programme, whitch is $15m short of where they need to be. I have a suspicion that they are looking at a pay driver for the needed $15m, if not more as a surplus would be nice.
Virgin have a good set up, all they really need is investment. And i think Investment is what they will get.
Seemingly the VR/01 was a bit of a heavyweight, and the fact it had an unrelyable hydrolic package was its downfall with the lack of useable weight distrubution. Hispania reduced their weight and also worked on the hydrolics alot, made the car more useable, it may not have been as fast as the VR/01, but the F110 was a much more useable car. The Hispanias were just waiting for the Virgins to fail in a race.
The Virgin in 2011 will be a much better car, more or less on the pace i feel. Will probably get trounced by the Team Lotus cars.