Marussia Virgin to Run Under Russian License in F1

Marussia Virgin Racing will run under a Russian license in the 2011 Formula 1 championship, according to a report issued by Russia's Ria Novosti news agency. The announcement is to become official early next week, with the launch of the squad's 2011 challenger.

Russian sportscar maker Marussia has been one of the sponsors of the Banbury based team through the course of 2010, until finally deciding to become a shareholder at the end of last year.

On Monday, February 7, we will officially announce that Marusia Virgin Racing is not just the first Russian team, but the first team with a Russian license,” said Marussia chief Nikolay Fomenko, according to the aforementioned source. “This means that for a victory the Russian anthem will be played.”

If you ask us, this is unlikely to happen (in 2011, at least), as Virgin wasn't exactly the front-runner last year, during their first season in Formula 1.

Talking about the MVR-02, the 2011-spec challenger is to be showed to the media on Monday, February 7, at the BBC television centre in London. In the meantime, the team has already announced some major management changes for the season to come, appointing Marussia's UK managing director Andy Webb as new CEO of the squad.

In addition, Fomenko has been given a new role in the team, that of an engineering director, while former Jordan and Force India marketing boss Ian Phillips has become new chief operating officer for Marussia Virgin.
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