Manor Set to Become Virgin Racing

Adam FlinnCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2009

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21:  Sir Richard Branson is seen in the paddock before the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone on June 21, 2009 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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The publication of the FIA entry list has shown the name "Virgin Racing" in the place of Manor, suggesting that the team has changed its name.

An announcement of the deal is expected soon by Manor boss John Booth and head of Virgin Richard Branson.

So far Manor/Virgin have signed one driver in Timo Glock, while there are plenty of drivers on the market to fill the remaining seat.

The entry list failed to include a place for Sauber, but the team is optimistic that they will be on the grid for the start of the 2010 season. They will replace Toyota, who last month announced that they were pulling out of the sport.

Mercedes are currently listed as Brawn, but the FIA has acknowledged their intention to change their name.

The current entry list for 2010 is:

1) Jenson Button MCLAREN
2) Lewis Hamilton MCLAREN
3) Nico Rosberg BRAWN
4) To Be Confirmed BRAWN
5) Sebastian Vettel RED BULL
6) Mark Webber RED BULL
7) Felipe Massa FERRARI
8) Fernando Alonso FERRARI
9) Rubens Barrichello WILLIAMS
10) Nico Hulkenberg WILLIAMS
11) Robert Kubica RENAULT
12) To Be Confirmed RENAULT
14) Adrian Sutil FORCE INDIA
15) Vitantonio Liuzzi FORCE INDIA
16) Sebastien Buemi TORO ROSSO
17) To Be Confirmed TORO ROSSO
18) To Be Confirmed LOTUS
19) To Be Confirmed LOTUS
20) To Be Confirmed CAMPOS
21) Bruno Senna CAMPOS
22) To Be Confirmed US F1
23) To Be Confirmed US F1
24) Timo Glock VIRGIN
25) To Be Confirmed VIRGIN

As you can see, an unknown driver called To Be Confirmed is a likely favourite to land a drive in several of the teams.