Starting out as Virgin Racing in 2010, the Banbury squad underwent a makeover in 2012 and eventually settled on the Marussia F1 name. However, their Formula 1 run came to an end in 2014 due to financial problems.
Debut: 2010 Australian Grand Prix
Drivers’ titles: 0
Constructors’ titles: 0
Virgin’s decision to leave the sport paved the way for Russian brand Marussia to own a Formula 1 team although the venture had its ups and downs.
After four seasons without any points, Jules Bianchi finally broke their duck at the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix when the Frenchman finished a career-high P9 in the historic race on the streets of Monte Carlo.
A couple more impressive results followed, but it wasn’t too long before they slipped to the back of the grid again, and it was only the start of an unfortunate period for the squad.
The F1 world was rocked when Bianchi suffered severe head trauma when he crashed into a recovery vehicle at the Japanese Grand Prix and was in a medically induced coma for several weeks.
The team opted to race just one car at the inaugural Russian GP as a mark of respect to Bianchi, but the Sochi event also turned into Marussia’s final grand prix of the season as they went into administration the following week.
It wasn’t long before they ceased trading and laid off staff. It remains to be seen if they will make a comeback in 2015.