Virgin chiefs upbeat over new season

DINNINGTON-BASED Virgin Racing are confident of making a step forward this season following a debut year full of trials and tribulations.

Chief executive officer Graeme Lowdon and technical director Nick Wirth firmly believe the team are on the rise and that they can hopefully make more of an impact in season two for all the right reasons.

In 2010, Virgin competed in the opening few grands prix with a fuel tank not big enough to see the cars complete a full race distance.

But with teething troubles out of the way and a full year of competition behind them, Lowdon is convinced Virgin are going places.

"Last year was about getting the team established after having had such a short time to put it in place, but now we're really excited about 2011," said Lowdon.

"As you know we've followed a different path to the traditional teams where we've used new technology and developed processes Nick has pioneered, so we're excited about moving into 2011.

"We believe we're the future of Formula One. We're up for a challenge, and we're keen to challenge the establishment."

Wirth's CFD (computational fluid dynamics) programme where cars are tested aerodynamically using supercomputers rather than the far more traditional wind tunnels, still has its doubters.

But Wirth knows progress is being made.

He said: "The new car is a very big step forward from the 2010 car, so we're very excited about putting that on track.

"I think it's going to be a very interesting season as we've new rules, new tyres, and with this moveable rear wing, no one really has a clue as to how it's going to work in terms of the effect on racing."

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