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Virgin felt the partnership was wirth-less

Virgin Racing today announced they would split from their technical designers following a disappointing start to the 2011 season.

Nick Wirth, head of Wirth Research, joined the team for their inaugural season last year but has been unable to propel the team off the back two rows of the grid.

His controversial decision to design the car purely from computer generated effects (CFD), rather than using a more conventional wind-tunnel, has ultimately proved unsuccessful.

“Over the past six months, Marussia and the board of directors have undertaken a comprehensive review in order to ensure that Marussia Virgin Racing has the strongest platform, team of people and resources in place to achieve its long-term ambitions,” explained the team’s CEO Andy Webb in a media statement to Formula 1’s official website.

“Marussia’s goal remains to be in a position to be able to challenge for a podium finish at the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi 2014.

“With this in mind, it is readily apparent that the team must take major steps in order to accelerate its rate of improvement.”

The CFD (Computer Fluid Dynamics) system is thought to have saved the company money at the expense of performance.

Team principal John Booth told the BBC that the lack of progress this year was the catalyst for change.

“What has been disappointing has been our pace,” he said. “It’s aero efficiency. We’re nowhere with it.”

Booth said that there was a possibility the team would consider a wind tunnel programme as long as it was within the limits of the team’s budget.

The move to split from Wirth Research comes following the arrival of ex-Renault technical director Pat Symonds in a consultancy role. Symonds is still technically banned from the sport following his role in the Singapore Crashgate scandal of 2008.

Virgin have yet to score a world championship point and finished bottom of the constructors’ standings last year – behind fellow newcomers Team Lotus and Hispania.

In 2010 the team initially designed a car with a fuel tank too small to carry enough fuel to finish a race.

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Glock will get the updates for Turkey

Virgin Racing hope that “significant” upgrades to their car will make them more competitive at this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix.

The team – based inRotherham– has endured a difficult start to the season. Although they have suffered only one retirement they have been more than three seconds off the pace.

John Booth, Virgin’s team principal, said the planned changes represented a “new direction” and expected they would allow them to challenge nearest rivals Team Lotus.

“By our own admission it’s been a difficult start to the year. But we actually started doing something about that when we realised back in testing that we had not met our targets,” he said.

“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes since the middle of February and this weekend sees the culmination of all those efforts when we will be able to see just how much we can progress now.”

Timo Glock will be given the new package inIstanbulbut team-mate Jerome d’Ambrosio will have to wait until the next race inSpain.

Virgin joined the F1 grid last year but despite twenty-two races they are yet to score a world championship point.

They finished bottom of last year’s standings and famously designed a car without a fuel tank large enough to complete a Grand Prix.