Marussia Virgin Racing’s new CEO, Andy Webb, revealed the philosophy behind the team’s 2011 challenge:
“First of all I am delighted to be joining the team at such an exciting stage in its development. The changes we announced last week represent only good news for Marussia Virgin Racing as we bring the strength in depth required to move us forward.
“The watchwords of our 2011 challenge are Ambition, Progress, and Distinctive. Firstly, this team has serious ambitions and we have a clear plan towards being able to compete at the front of the grid. The team’s racing aspirations are underpinned by Marussia’s ambitious plans to position itself firmly on the worldwide automotive radar and we look forward to a great deal of exciting collaboration between the two programmes.
“Secondly, the team has made enormous progress over the past 12 months. It shouldn’t be forgotten that this time last year it was still establishing its operational base and putting into place some of the logistical building blocks that other teams have enjoyed for many seasons. We now have a robust racing operation and we have made the necessary further investments required to help move us further up the grid, whilst adhering to the responsible business philosophy under which the team was founded and the spirit of the Resource Restriction Agreement. With the help of CSC we have doubled the computing power of the CFD design programme and we have of course the strengthened management team to steer us towards a successful future. That is a great deal of progress in such a short space of time.
“Last but far from least, we want to be distinctive, to forge our own path. Marussia Virgin Racing has its own operational style and team culture and this is how we will go racing and engage with our Partners and our fans.
To underpin this we have created a very exciting new look and feel for the team in terms of our brand design, elements of which have been revealed at today’s launch through our car livery and the Tavis Coburn visual identity. As the representative for Marussia during its partnership with the team in its debut season, I am ideally placed to comment on the benefits that an association with the team can bring – the team is now, after all, called Marussia Virgin Racing. We look forward to rewarding the faith of our existing partners and to welcoming new brands who can share in the commercial possibilities that Marussia now enjoys.”