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GP Week : Issue 82
F1 NEWS >> SIR Richard Branson says his commitment to Virgin Racing is a long term one, despite the team's struggles so far this season. Reliability woes and the failure to fit the initial car with a big enough fuel tank have caused much embarrassment, with Bernie Ecclestone making comments this week that one of the new teams might not survive the season. "I'm surprised Bernie has said that," said the entrepreneur. "He might know something about the other teams that I don't. But this Virgin will go all the way to the end of the season, and hopefully for many seasons yet." Virgin got both cars to the finish for the first time in Spain, and Branson was upbeat in Monaco. "If they continue the kind of progress we've made to date, we will be delighted and will continue to support it, and there's no reason why it shouldn't." He says he has no regrets leaving Brawn/Mercedes to start afresh with the Manor/Wirth project: "It is just as much fun being the new boy on the block as being out and winning," he explained. "It is a different kind of experience. If we had stuck with Brawn for another year we would have been $50 million worse off and then not winning, so only one team can win. "Supporting a team and building a new team from scratch is very exciting, and you get different kinds of excitement. It was incredibly pleasing to see both cars finish last week, and if you look at the history of this sport to get two cars to the finish after four or five races is pretty good going. So a challenging start, but just as exciting." Branson says he's committed to Virgin Racing IT'S long been rumoured but now it's official -- Nicolas Todt, son of FIA President Jean, is taking his highly successful GP2 and F3 Euroseries team, ART, into the premier league. Given ART's record in GP2 -- it made Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg champions -- their chance of success in this tender is high. Nonetheless, if ART get the 13th garage next year, there will be accusations of nepotism. It presents something of a conflict of interests for the FIA president, and it seems likely he will remove himself from the decision making process. Todt's business partner Frederic Vasseur says they thought about entering for 2010, but wanted another year to think about it and plan: "We thought about it (last year), but it was too early. It's impossible to jump into that big bath without preparation. With a year to reflect upon it, the moment is right. We've had a chance to see how the new teams fit into the scheme of things in Grand Prix. "I know I don't want to see our cars being six seconds off the best. That's not how I see us climbing F1. "We have six weeks to pull it all together," he added. Todt Jnr puts in team tender 9