Things have gotten even more tenuous over at Manor GP as AUTOSPORT reported the departure of veteran F1 technical chief, Bob Bell, as well as John Booth and Graeme Lowden.
Effectively the leadership of the team has left and while Booth and Lowden are expected to stay until the end of the season, Bell has already departed. The report also suggests there are others who are leaving as well.
As I mentioned in the piece yesterday, it will be interesting to see ho wMercedes reacts given they had just signed an engine supply contract with the team for 2016 and that was with Booth and Lowden. AUTOSPORT was also wondering the same thing as they asked Mercedes boss, ,Toto Wolff about the situation:
“Obviously when I spoke about racers, John and Graeme were very much meant by that, plus of course the rest of the team.
“It’s a bunch of real fighters that have shown stamina in keeping the team in the sport.
“I’ve known John forever, since the Formula Renault days of Lewis [Hamilton] and Formula 3 days.
“Manor means John Booth and John Booth means Manor, and Graeme was very instrumental in keeping the team alive last year.
“So seeing them go, from a personal standpoint and from the racing spirit, is obviously a blow.
“Going forward, we have signed the deal with Manor and I would say we need to give credit to everybody in the team who stays in the team, but we are curious spectators from now on.”
Mercedes used the Manor GP supply contract as a reason they could not provide engines to Red Bull and that may be part of the reason but if Manor isn’t able to continue in 2016, then it seems Merc have the capacity to supply another team. We’ll see if they Manor deal was truly the reason for not supplying Red Bull. Something tells me the answer is, no.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT