Reading between the lines earlier this week about Manor/Marussia speaking with Mercedes about an engine supply perhaps added more clarity to the possibility of Ferrari supplying Red Bull than it did Manor gaining a new engine supplier.
Regardless, what we all thought was in the works was a new chassis from the team but it seems they will now run 2014 Ferrari engines and a hybrid chassis or b-spec 2014 chassis for the remainder of the season. According to AUTOSPORT:
“The plan we had at the start of the year envisaged making some major change to the chassis and power unit during the 2015 season,” Manor sporting director Graeme Lowdon said.
“But as we developed and recruited more people, it became less and less feasible to go down that route and more and more advantageous to keep developing the next chassis.
“The rate of development of that chassis has been good and the optimum time to push that button was getting pushed back.
“Everyone is confident that when next car comes along, it will be a major step forward.
“I would imagine that is going to be next year. We’re in flyaways now and with the production time and everything else, doing it this year would be tough.”
It’s an interesting situation given that the team was near bankruptcy at the beginning of the season and narrowly was allowed to participate in 2015.
It’s perhaps no secret that F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was nonplussed with the teams actions regarding fielding an old chassis and old engine so much so that the series is set to meet and discuss this very issue of running last year’s cars or engines.
The announcement that they will now not have a new car in 2015 is most likely no surprise to Mr. E but nonetheless, it’s possible it could create some ill feelings about the entire situation as Mr. E may be many things but not one to be duped or have the wool pulled over his eyes and that’s a tad what this seems like.
I wonder what comments may be made out of this new revelation?
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT