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.