Manor getting serious; hire ex-Ferrari man Tombazis

Manor may be heading into the 2016 season without John Booth of Graeme Lowdon but it did add a new Mercedes engine supply to the equation along with new team boss Day Ryan and now they’ve just hired former Ferrari designer Nikolas Tombazis:

“The team has impressive plans and is investing in all the right areas to achieve its on-track ambitions, so I am very much looking forward to being part of that journey,” said Tombazis.

“The existing design team is already very strong and I look forward to working with a great group of people to make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead to help us progress through the field over the next few seasons.”

Team technical director John McQuilliam said:

“I believe this appointment will help to amplify the efforts of a very talented design team that, in recent years, has not had the opportunity to showcase the full extent of their experience and capabilities.

“I am confident that, together with our new Mercedes power unit and Williams gearbox and technical partnership, our new aero structure will provide us with the strength to design and develop consistently competitive racing cars to help steer us towards our long-term ambitions.”

The good new is it doesn’t seem like anyone is rolling up the red carpet over at Manor. Hiring Tombazis is an aggressive move as the designer spent several years at Ferrari prior to being cut loose during the mass exodus in 2014 of many top-level manager including CEO Luca di Montezemolo.

Tombazis got his start in 1992 at Bennetton and had a brief stint at McLaren before returning to Ferrari.


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Paul KieferJr

I’m guessing that Manor had this in mind when Booth and Lowden left. (Maybe forced out?)

charlie white

Like Sauber, I think Manor may be reacting to the potential championship points threat coming from Haas F1 this season.