Virgin Racing continued their path of virtual design by Nick Wirth – like its predecessor, the Virgin VR-01, the MVR-02 was designed entirely with computational fluid dynamics instead of the more traditional windtunnel approach, with Nick Wirth’s design studio doubling their CFD capacity ahead of the 2011 season. The car was powered by Cosworth CA2011 V8 engine and did not use KERS. One of the car’s features were the air intakes on the front of the nose, designed to resemble the one on Marussia’s road car, the Marussia B2. MVR-02 was driven during the racing season by returning driver Timo Glock and debutant Jérôme d’Ambrosio. Belgian d’Ambrosio spent three previous seasons with DAMS in GP2 and GP2 Asia series without significant success in main series, but finishing runner-up in the 2008-09 Asian GP2. In his first and only full F1 season his best finishes have been two 14th places, in Australia and Canada. D’Ambrosio finished the season 24th in the Drivers’ Championship, ahead of Glock (whose best finishes were a pair of 15th places), but was replaced by Charles Pic for the 2012 season.
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