JOHN Booth and his Virgin Racing team can’t wait to get to Silverstone for this weekend’s British Grand Prix, but the MVR-02 cars will not have their planned upgrade.
Just 24 hours after the team announced a new link with McLaren, and the acquisition of former technical partner WR Technology, Booth met with the local media at the team’s Dinnington base and expressed his fondness for Silverstone.
“It’s the biggest race of the year. The new pit lane is fantastic, it’s a world leading pit lane and a fantastic circuit,” he said.
“Unfortunately this time last year I didn’t appreciate how big it was.”
The planned update to the MVR-02 cars for Silverstone has been pushed back to the Singapore race, after what Booth called ‘disruptive’ internal politics as the team cut ties with technical director Nick Wirth and agreed the new deal with McLaren.
He said: “It’s been a little bit disruptive but we’ve managed to shield the race team from it. As far as the development is concerned it’s been disruptive. But we’ve now acquired the whole of WRT and the bulk of the people.”
The upgrade, including a modified floor and a new engine cover, is designed at tidying the air flow.
Booth added: “It’s more in line with what the other teams have now.”
For the F1 principal’s thoughts on the future for Marussia Virgin Racing and an exclusive interview with CEO Graeme Lowdon see this week’s Dinnington Guardian.
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