My big idea of seeing Manor GP face off with Force India on track most likely isn’t going to happen. Sure, I thought that if Force India wasn’t going to get their new 2015 B-spec chassis up and running before the Austrian Grand Prix that Manor could come out with their new 2015 chassis replete with Ferrari shove and take the fight to Vijay Mallya’s Indian team.
Those silly predictions are most likely just me talking out of my backside because according to Manor, they were always shooting for the August mid-summer break to release their new car:
“For the 2015 car, our aim has always been for the August break,” said team boss John Booth.
“As with arriving in Australia, it is a very aggressive target and will take a lot of achieving.
“But when we get back from these first four flyaway races we just really need to sit down and see if we can bring all the areas together that need bringing together to achieve that in that timeframe.”
That will be just in time to compete in the nine final races of a 19-race schedule in 2015. That is also when the other teams will be knee-deep in their 2016 car designs and it makes you wonder if Manor isn’t really just developing a 2016 chassis for early release…okay, I’m just putting a positive spin on things.
It would have been fun to see Manor’s 2015 car take on Force India’s 2014 B-spec car. Also makes you wonder if F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone knew this was the timing for a new car because that seems like a very long lead time to a competitive chassis.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT