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Virgin VR-01 Shakedown At Silverstone

Virgin Racing’s first ever Formula One car, the VR-01 was shakendown at a brief test at Silverstone yesterday.

The new car, which has been developed through Nick Wirth’s dveelopment team at Manor racing took tentative steps out onto the damp cold circuit in a momentous occassion met with raptuous applause and delight from the mechanics.

The team were originally scheduled to enter F1 under the Manor name before Richard Branson came in with sponsorship and funding in exchange for a large stake of the team.

“After 10 challenging months, all the commitment and determination has finally paid off,” said Nick Wirth, Virgin’s technical director.

“Today was all about those tentative first few steps but the programme really gets underway tomorrow with a full day of on-track evaluation for both Timo and Lucas [di Grassi].”

Timo Glock took the car out yesterday and new f1 driver Lucas di Grassi gets his hands on it today at the British based circuit.


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