Martin Brundle is relieved he will no longer have to use the word ‘Virgin’ whilst calling Formula One races. The BBC’s lead commentator is referring to Sir Richard Branson’s well-known brand, which has had naming rights at the new-in-2010 British team for the past two seasons.
For 2012, however, with Virgin remaining a sponsor, the team has been granted permission by the F1 Commission to revert to the name of its Russian supercar partner Marussia.
The news, including the Renault/Lotus and Lotus/Caterham name changes, has also been rubber-stamped by the governing FIA.
Regarding Virgin, former McLaren driver Brundle wrote on Twitter: “As (a) F1 commentator I’m so pleased Virgin are changing name next year.
“I have a mental red alert every time I mention their car in close action”, he added.