Marussia Virgin Racing has joined Team Lotus and Lotus Renault GP in applying to change its name at the upcoming meeting of the F1 Commission in Geneva.
The team is seeking to ditch the ‘Virgin’ moniker from its official name to become ‘Marussia Racing’, in deference to the team’s majority owner.
Marussia, a Russian sports car manufacturer, joined the sport as a sponsor of the team last season, later upping its role to that of title sponsor and major shareholder.
With the group no doubt keen to build its presence further, it has taken the next step of applying to change its name, which requires a two-thirds majority vote in the 26-member Commission.
The breakdown of the Commission is as follows: 12 members are representatives of each of the twelve teams in the sport; 8 race promoters (split 50:50 between European and non-European Grands Prix); the remaining 6 members are from tyremaker Pirelli, an engine representative, two sponsor representatives, the FIA President Jean Todt and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
Any votes signed off by the F1 Commission are then tabled at the FIA World Motor Sport Council, which has the right to accept or reject the proposals individually, but not amend them.
It is still believed that the Virgin group – despite it not featuring in the team’s official entry name – will remain a shareholder in the team for the foreseeable future.
As we reported earlier, Team Lotus will apply to change its name to Caterham, while Lotus Renault GP (or Renault, to the F1 purists) will apply to become Lotus.
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