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Booth given two-year ultimatum to deliver

ESPNF1 Staff
November 12, 2010 « Schumacher struggling against next generation - Herbert | »
John Booth has welcomed investment from Russian supercar maker Marussia © Sutton Images

Virgin Racing boss John Booth has been given a deadline of two more years to deliver success to Richard Branson's new team.

The team has struggled for pace during its debut season, falling behind fellow newcomers Lotus and only level with HRT on best results.

"It's not a plot to get rid of me," Booth told the Yorkshire Post. "The team principal is like a football manager ... he has to get results. There's no managerial changes for two years at least, so we get a good crack at it."

The ultimatum comes after Russian supercar maker Marussia bought into the team. For Booth, the extra investment is an added incentive to deliver.

"We need financial support like this to help us go forward. Without funding we cannot compete. This is excellent news for the team and has given everyone a lift."