The build-up to the British Grand Prix could have been turbulent for Virgin Racing, with the team announcing only a few weeks ago that it was to part ways with its technical director Nick Wirth.
On Monday July 5, however, the team received a welcome boost by revealing it had concluded a deal to receive technical assistance and advice from McLaren. As part of the deal, Virgin will have access to McLaren's facilities - such as test rigs, simulators and computer technology - plus its wind tunnel.
The team backed that up with the purchase of Wirth Racing Technologies and its Banbury facility, providing a statement of intent for its long-term future - as sporting director Graeme Lowdon told AUTOSPORT.
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