Timo Glock has offered an opinion that senior figures at Virgin Racing might privately agree with – namely that key backer Sir Richard Branson could help the team that bears his conglomerate’s name by investing more money into it.
Having built a profile as a low-budget team that eschews the conventional – and expensive – design methods, the team finds its second all-CFD creation, the MVR-02, about a second off the pace of its nearest rival, Team Lotus. On this basis, the team won’t challenge for the top ten in the Constructors’ Championship.
And with F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone having previously likened the Manor Motorsport team to a “nickel and dime” operation, Glock has hinted that more investment could be what’s needed to propel the team forward.
When asked by Frankfurter Rundschau if a comparison between fellow billionaires Branson and Red Bull’s Dietrich Mateschitz was fair, the German responded: “Red Bull has been in Formula 1 a few years more [than us], and I don’t know what Mateschitz invested in the second year of his team.
“The name of Richard Branson is attractive for sponsors,” he said, referring to the recent addition of the Marussia sports car company as a shareholder and title sponsor ahead of the 2011 season.
“And of course it would be nice if he would invest some more in the team,” Glock continued, before adding the caveat: “But he has his plan.”
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