• 2010 season

FIA reveals Manor will be named Virgin Racing

ESPNF1 Staff
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The FIA have revealed Manor will be called Virgin © Sutton Images
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Manor will enter the 2010 championship under the name Virgin Racing, according to the FIA's provisional entry list for next year.

It had been widely speculated that the team had secured Virgin as its title sponsor but no official announcement has been made by the team. Virgin sponsored Brawn GP, now Mercedes GP, in 2009 but opted not to continue with that deal for a second year.

A replacement for Toyota was not listed by the FIA. The document said it was waiting on a decision from the team that has been rumoured to be looking to sell its F1 outfit and grid spot to Serbian-based Stefan GP. The future of the Sauber team still remains in doubt as there was no mention of it or the possibility of a 14th entry in the press release.

The entry list also had Red Bull's engine supplier as Renault. Again, no official announcement had been made on this deal, but it was widely expected Red Bull would extend the deal after failing to agree on terms with Mercedes.

Further information on the final line-up for 2010 is expected after the FIA's World Motor Sport Council meeting on November 11.