The Marussia Virgin team has made a number of changes in the management structure with Nikolay Fomenko, President of Marussia Motors, becoming the team’s engineering director, in order to provide overall leadership for the team’s technology programmes, covering race car development, engineering and collaboration with the Marussia’s road car programme.
Marussia’s UK managing director, Andy Webb, becomes the chief executive officer of the team, focussing on the management of the business side of the operation, while Graeme Lowdon, the current CEO, become the team president, which will give him more time to deal with the wider role of the team’s role within the sport, dealing with the F1 Commission and the FOTA Executive. Lowdon will also be the team’s sporting director. Virgin has added highly experienced F1 man Ian Phillips to the line-up as chief operations officer. Phillips has been in F1 since the late 1980s with March Racing, Leyton House and later Jordan and Force India.
John Booth continues in his role as Team Principal and Director of Racing and Nick Wirth remains in his role as technical director.
It should also be noted that there has been a change in the board of the company with Darryl Eales becoming chairman in place of Etienne de Villiers. Eales is CEO of Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), one of the team’s shareholders.
“The Board of Directors has reviewed and examined all aspects of the team’s commercial and racing operations during its debut F1 season in order to ascertain what is required to move the team forward quickly and prudently,” Eales says. “The changes announced today, together with Marussia’s wealth of knowledge and experience, provide us with a solid foundation as we enter our second season. I believe we are very fortunate to have such depth of commercial and racing leadership as we embark on the next step in our ambitious plans for the team.
“Moreover, Marussia’s firm commitment will continue to enable us to put in place the right people, resources and infrastructure to ensure the team advances significantly over the next two seasons and beyond. I have no doubt the team can look forward to exciting and rewarding times ahead.”
It is also worth noting that the team will have some support from the Quick Hamburger company, as has been speculated. This is believed to be linked to Jerome d’Ambrosio.