Marussia continues its struggle to make the grid for this next Formula 1 season, despite all of the obstacles thrown its way. Now, the Prancing Horse has agreed to supply them with engines, providing they can get a car to the grid.
Marussia began in 2010 as Virgin Racing, before ending up under Russian ownership. With news last fall that the team was in dire financial straits, most anticipated its downfall even before the end of the season. When the teams assets were scheduled to be auctioned off, it seemed like the final nail in the Marussia’s coffin. However, we then heard news that not only had the auction been halted but the administrators were actively seeking new investment and were likely to succeed.
The Marussia team still needed one more concession before it could filed a cars in 2015 though. It needed to receive special permission from the Formula 1 Strategy Group to race its 2014 cars under the 2015 homologation. Several of the larger teams voiced support for this, and it was theorized that Marussia would indeed be able to race its 2014 cars in 205.
Surprisingly, however, the group did not approve Marussia’s request for this special dispensation when it met on Thursday in Paris. Reportedly, a unanimous vote of consent was needed from all teams in order to allow this. According to reports, it was the smaller teams who voted to disallow Marussia’s entry. This was probably due to the fact that Marussia would be entitled to part of the sport’s income, and that would therefore decrease the amount given to each team. Among struggling teams who need all of the income that they can get, it’s disappointing but not surprising that they voted in such a way.
However, despite the setback, Marussia is now attempting to accomplish the seemingly impossible- they’re attempting to get a car put together for the 2015 season. While the team’s progress is unclear, the prospect of Ferrari backing the team’s bid with an engine deal gives them another leg up.
Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene commented,
“We said to them yesterday we are going to supply them with the 2014 engine. There is nothing in writing at the moment, but it’s yes.”