Manor has a strong heritage in motor racing – formed in 1990 by John Booth, the team initially competed in Formula Renault. They recorded championship wins in the 1991, 1994-1995 and 1997-2000 seasons. When the team switched to Formula 3 in 1999, they won the championship at the first attempt. Manor Racing was guided by a set of key principles, which involved focusing on performance, doing more with less and providing a launch pad for young drivers - including former World champion, Kimi Räikkönen, and current FORMULA 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton.
In 2009, the FIA opened the FORMULA 1 door to four new contenders, and Manor secured entry to the highest echelon of motor sport for the start of the 2010 season. In Bahrain, with a brand new team and two rookie drivers, they lined up on the Formula 1 grid for the first time. They set out to demonstrate that with the same passion and determination as some of the more established players, but with a fraction of the spend, the team could succeed in this highly competitive arena.
In February 2015, after a very uncertain time for the team, and after significant support from new backers, Manor emerged from administration and is now participating in the 2015 FIA FORMULA 1 World Championship, with John Booth and Graeme Lowdon continuing to lead the team.
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We’re Virgin group’s next pioneering technology project, and we’ll be at the forefront of electric vehicle technology development within Formula E. In the process we will promote sustainable transportation technologies to as diverse and large an audience as possible.
As the world’s first global electric vehicle championship, FIA Formula E is a truly groundbreaking endeavour. Not only will it push the boundaries of automotive technology, in ways that are directly relevant to the man on the street, but it will engage fans in ways never before seen at the top levels of world sport, through music, social media and gaming.
In short, Formula E represents the best possible combination of sport, technology and entertainment, and we look forward to you joining us for what will be an amazing adventure!