Virgin Racing’s technical director Nick Wirth (pictured) has admitted that his company, Wirth Research, will be paying for the redesign of the VR-01 in light of the fuel tank issues that we broke in the lead-up to the Australian Grand Prix.

The team has been forced to accommodate a larger fuel tank after it was revealed that the original design was not sufficient to see its cars through to the end of a race distance!

Nick Wirth

New monocoques will be constructed in time for the fifth round of the championship season, at Spain’s Circuit de Catalunya, which means the team will be forced to face the same problem for the next two rounds in Malaysia and China.

That being said, the two cars have hardly been reliable enough to actually test that fuel consumption problem yet!

With Wirth’s design company being in charge of the design and construction of the all-CFD car being used by the team, the buck stops with him, and he has been forced to foot the bill himself will not charge the parent team for the redesign costs.

How embarrassing!

"The chassis supplier is us. Nothing to do with engine supplier or fuel supplier. What that means is that we are fixing it for the team. We are not charging the team," the former Simtek and Benetton designer told AUTOSPORT.

"It’s our responsibility to provide cars that can finish a grand prix. It’s down to us."

Too true, Nick!

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