Wirth not worth it for Virgin
Awful pun aside, it’s a serious matter – Marussia Virgin Racing are in the process of severering ties with Wirth Research after their disappointing start to the 2011 season.
The decision, which was agreed upon during a board meeting in Monaco, will be enacted immediately with Wirth ending his supply of new parts to the team within the next few races.
Virgin were aiming to be regular competitors within Q2 this season, but have instead become targets for the grid’s slowest team HRT.
The decision was suspended until Turkey where Wirth was set to bring a raft of new upgrades to make the MVR-02 more competitive, but the results failed to materialise.
It is a major blow for Wirth Research, as their goal was to design a competitive Formula One car by the exclusive use of Computational Flow Dynamics. While all teams use CFD technology to some extent, it is more often used to compliment wind tunnel data.
Whilst Virgin have yet to confirm what their plans for the future are, Pat Symonds – who returned to Formula One as a consultant for the team – is said to be preparing a course of action.
Virgin Racing maintains rights to all car designs drafted by Wirth, as well as much of the computing power supplied to Wirth Research by Virgin partner CSC, giving them a base to rebuild for 2013.