Manor Motorsport Ltd, currently trading as Manor Endurance Racing Ltd is a British motor racing company that was formed in 1990 by former single-seater champion John Booth. Manor has participated as a team in many motorsport disciplines since its inception, including Formula One.
|Team principal(s)||John Booth|
(President & Sporting Director)
|Current series||FIA World Endurance Championship|
|Former series||Formula One|
Formula 3 Euro Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 UK
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup
|Formula Renault UK:|
1999: Antônio Pizzonia
2000: Kimi Räikkönen
2003: Lewis Hamilton
2005: Oliver Jarvis
Formula Renault UK Winter Series:
1999: Kimi Räikkönen
2006: Franck Mailleux
1999: Marc Hynes
2000: Antônio Pizzonia
Its current sole involvement in motor racing is an entry to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship since 2016.
The Formula One team most recently known as Manor Racing cut its links with Manor Motorsport following John Booth and his partner Graeme Lowdon's resignation from the Formula One project at the end of the 2015 season.
Throughout its history, the team primarily competed in Formula Renault, with past drivers including 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Räikkönen, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton and other Formula One drivers such as Antônio Pizzonia. They entered Formula Three in 1999, winning successive British titles with Marc Hynes and Pizzonia.
In 2007, Manor Motorsport saw a change of ownership when Formula Renault UK team manager, Tony Shaw, bought out John Booth and continued operating under the name of Manor Competition from a completely separate base. In turn, John Booth retained the Manor Motorsport name and continued to race in the Formula 3 Euro Series until 2009.
Manor also had a GP3 Series team from 2010 until 2014, run under the name of "Marussia Manor Racing" with the exception of the 2010 season.
Partnership with MP MotorsportEdit
From 2012 until 2015, Manor competed in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championships in partnership with MP Motorsport. As well as this, the two teams combined forces in Auto GP in 2012 and 2013.
World Endurance ChampionshipEdit
For its participation in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship, Manor are using two Oreca 05 chassis powered by Nissan engines, racing in the LMP2 class. The No. 44 car – driven by Tor Graves, James Jakes and Will Stevens – was entered for the full season. The No. 45 car was entered on a one-off basis for every race except for Le Mans, as the car was entered too late to gain entry. Richard Bradley, Roberto Merhi and Matt Rao were signed to drive the car.
Virgin Racing (2010–11)Edit
On 12 June 2009, it was announced Manor's application to participate in the 2010 Formula One season had been accepted. Their Formula One team was registered as Manor Grand Prix although it raced as Virgin Racing for sponsorship reasons. Powered by Cosworth engine, the team distinguished itself for designing its cars only digitally. This design approach was abandoned in 2011 when the team forged a technical partnership with McLaren.
Marussia F1/Manor Marussia (2012–15)Edit
The Formula One team was renamed the Marussia F1 Team after Marussia Motors bought a controlling interest in the team. In 2014, coinciding with the team's switch of engine supplier from Cosworth to Ferrari, the team scored its first ever World Championship points thanks to the exploits of their leading Ferrari-sponsored driver, Jules Bianchi, during the Monaco Grand Prix. The team suffered a major blow at the Japanese Grand Prix, when Bianchi was involved in a serious crash and remained in a coma before succumbing to his head injuries in July 2015. At the following race, the inaugural Russian Grand Prix, Marussia fielded only one car out of respect for Bianchi but also as a result of mounting financial pressure, which then saw the team enter administration alongside its rival, Caterham. Marussia would take no further part in the 2014 season. It risked losing its 2014 prize money unless able to further compete in the sport the following year.
On 19 February 2015, Manor Motorsport's administrators announced that the team had come out of administration and planned to enter the 2015 Formula One season under the name Manor Marussia F1 Team with John Booth and Graeme Lowdon continuing to run the team. This was possible thanks to businessman Stephen Fitzpatrick buying the team, with Justin King joining as chairman.
Two of the Manor team's drivers have sustained fatal head injuries. In July 2012, test driver María de Villota crashed heavily into a team transporter during straight line aerodynamic tests. Among other things, she suffered the loss of her right eye but recovered sufficiently to become a motorsport safety advocate and get married. In October 2013, however, she died following a heart attack believed to have been caused by her underlying brain injuries.
In October 2014, race driver Jules Bianchi suffered severe brain injuries while competing in the Japanese Grand Prix. He succumbed to his injuries in July 2015 after remaining hospitalised and in a coma since the accident. Bianchi had made a significant contribution to the team as recognised by team principal, John Booth who, immediately following the 2015 Australian Grand Prix, attributed the team's 2015 return after failing to complete the prior season to the point-scoring and prize-winning performance of Bianchi at the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix. In Bianchi's honour, since the 2014 Russian Grand Prix, the team cars have carried a "JB17" logo, which represent Bianchi's initials and race number.
|2010||Virgin Racing||VR-01||Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8||B||24.
| Timo Glock
Lucas di Grassi
|2011||Marussia Virgin Racing||MVR-02||Cosworth CA2011 2.4 V8||P||24.
| Timo Glock
|2012||Marussia F1 Team||MR01||Cosworth CA2012 2.4 V8||P||24.
| Timo Glock
|2013||Marussia F1 Team||MR02||Cosworth CA2013 2.4 V8||P||22.
| Jules Bianchi
|2014||Marussia F1 Team||MR03||Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6 t||P||4.
| Max Chilton
|2015||Manor Marussia F1 Team||MR03B||Ferrari 059/3 1.6 V6 t||P||28.
| Will Stevens
|Formula 3 Euro Series results|
|2004||Dallara F304-Mercedes HWA||Charles Zwolsman||20||0||0||0||9||16th||5th|
|2005||Dallara F305-Mercedes-HWA||Lucas di Grassi||20||1||1||0||68||3rd||4th|
|Paul di Resta||20||0||0||0||32||10th|
|2006||Dallara F305-Mercedes||Kohei Hirate||20||1||0||0||61||3rd||2nd|
|2007||Dallara F305-Mercedes||Franck Mailleux||20||1||0||4||38||7th||2nd|
|2008||Dallara F308-Mercedes||Koudai Tsukakoshi||20||0||0||0||36||7th||5th|
|2009||Dallara F308-Mercedes||César Ramos||16||0||0||0||0||25th||4th|
|2010||Dallara-Renault||Manor Racing||James Jakes||12||0||0||0||21||8th||4th|
|2011||Dallara-Renault||Marussia Manor Racing||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||16||1||2||2||36||5th||3rd|
|2012||Dallara-Renault||Marussia Manor Racing||Tio Ellinas||16||1||0||3||97||8th||5th|
|2013||Dallara-AER||Marussia Manor Racing||Tio Ellinas||16||2||1||1||116||4th||5th|
|2014||Dallara-AER||Marussia Manor Racing||Patrick Kujala[nb 1]||18||0||0||0||22||14th||6th|
|Ryan Cullen[nb 2]||16||0||0||0||0||25th|
|Dean Stoneman[nb 3]||18||5||1||2||163||2nd|
- Kujala joined Trident Racing for the last two weekends of the 2014 season. At that point he had collected 22 points with Marussia Manor Racing.
- Cullen joined Trident Racing for the last round of the 2014 season.
- Stoneman joined Koiranen GP for the last two weekends of the 2014 season. At that point he had collected 95 points with Marussia Manor Racing.
World Endurance ChampionshipEdit
|2016||Manor||44||Oreca 05||Tor Graves||4||0||0||14||25th||10th|
|Alfonso Diaz Guerra||1||0||0||0||NC|
|2017||CEFC Manor TRS Racing||24||Oreca 07||Tor Graves||3||0||0||34||7th||7th|
* Season still in progress
†Car ineligible for LMP2 Teams Championship
24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit
|2016||Manor||44||Oreca 05-Nissan|| Tor Graves
|2017||CEFC Manor TRS Racing||24||Oreca 07-Gibson|| Tor Graves
|25||Oreca 07-Gibson|| Roberto González
|FIA World Endurance Championship||2016-2018|
|British Formula Renault Championship||1990–2011|
|Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0||1991–2003, 2010, 2012–2015|
|British Formula 3 Championship||1999–2003|
|Formula 3 Euro Series||2004–2009|
|Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup||2012–2015|
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- "Pizzonia's title, Monteiro's race". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 24 September 2000. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
- "FIA – Marussia team". Formula1.com. Formula One Administration. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
- DiZinno, Tony (5 February 2016). "Manor Confirms WEC Entry with Oreca 05 Nissan". Sportscar365. John Dagys Media, LLC. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
- "Ex-Manor F1 driver Roberto Merhi joins reborn team in WEC LMP2". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
- Dagys, John (27 March 2016). "Manor Takes Delivery of Second Oreca 05 Nissan". Sportscar365. John Dagys Media, LLC. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
- Straw, Edd; Noble, Jonathan (25 May 2014). "Jules Bianchi says Marussia's first F1 points not luck". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
- "Marussia F1 team goes into administration". BBC News. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
- Esler, William (4 February 2015). "Marussia's administrators say the team will exit administration on February 19". Sky Sports. BSkyB. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- Benson, Andrew (5 March 2015). "Manor Marussia aim to be ready for start of F1 season". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
- "Maledizione Marussia: il tragico filo che unisce la de Villota e Bianchi" [Marussia curse: the tragic thread that links de Villota and Bianchi] (in Italian). Il portale di Ticino. 5 October 2014.
- "F1 test driver De Villota loses eye after accident". Yahoo! Eurosport. TF1 Group. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
- "Hallan el cuerpo sin vida de María de Villota en un hotel de Sevilla". ABC. Catalina Luca de Tena, Grupo Vocento. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
- Smith, Luke (5 October 2014). "Bianchi suffers severe head injuries at Suzuka, requiring surgery". MotorSportsTalk. NBC Sports. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- DiZinno, Tony (17 July 2015). "Jules Bianchi dies at age 25, his family confirms". NBC Sports. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
- "Booth: Bianchi made Manor return possible". GP Update. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
- Walker, Kate (21 May 2015). "How Jules Bianchi saved an F1 team". Motorsport.com. Motorsport.com, Inc. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- "Booth anticipating 'tough' Monaco weekend". GP Update. 18 May 2015.
- F3 Euroseries complete results speedsportmag.com