Manor verduidelijkt plannen om Marussia F1 team aan de start te krijgen van het nieuwe F1-seizoen

07 februari 2015 — Manor, de overkoepelende organisatie boven het Marussia F1 team, heeft gisteren via een statement haar plannen uit de doeken gedaan waarmee het wil zorgen dat het Marussia F1 team in maart aan de start van het F1-seizoen 2015 wil komen.

Sinds 17 oktober was er geen enkel bericht meer van Marussia of Manor te bespeuren op de officiële twitter-account van de renstal. Maar gisteren kwam er plots een statement van Manor (de overkoepelende en nieuwe naam voor Marussia). Het bericht komt er in een reactie op de mededeling dat de F1 Strategy Group de renstal geen toelating geeft om met de wagen uit 2014 aan de start te komen.

De F1 Strategy Group bestaat uit de FIA, de FOM en zes F1-teams. Force India zou tegen gestemd hebben, waardoor er geen unanimiteit was om Marussia toestemming te geven om met de wagen uit 2014 aan de start te komen. Hierdoor zou Force India aanspraak maken op een groter deel van de financiële pot van de Formule 1.

Het Marussia F1 team staat sinds oktober vorig jaar onder curatele maar eerder deze week kwam het bericht dat het team weldra niet meer onder curatele zou staan. Het zou een doorstart willen maken onder de naam Manor. manor kwam in een reactie op de mededeling van de F1 Strategy Group zelf met een statement waarin het haar plannen verduidelijkt om alsnog aan de start te verschijnen van het nieuwe F1-seizoen.

Manor zou alles in het werk aan het stellen zijn om de wagen uit 2014 in lijn te stellen met de nieuwe regels van het F1-seizoen 2015. Bovendien zou de ontwikkeling van de wagen voor het seizoen 2015 volop bezig zijn. Misschien krijgen we dus alsnog tien teams aan de start van het nieuwe F1-seizoen.

Voor de volledigheid geven we hieronder het volledige bericht dat Manor publiceerde op de facebookpagina van het Marussia F1 team.


6 February 2015:
Following the initiation of the CVA process by Marussia F1 Team administrators FRP Advisory earlier this week, and the confidence this step brings to the process of saving Marussia, the team is now pleased to be able to confirm some of the detail of this process.

- On 17 December 2014, the team made a request to the Strategy Group to consider allowing it to use a 2014 race car, modified to meet certain 2015 regulations, for part of the 2015 season. Following analysis, the team highlighted that this would need some form of dispensation on only a small number of clauses in the Regulations.

- Subsequent to this application, the team was informed on 5 January 2015, that the Strategy Group felt that two teams - Marussia and Caterham - should be permitted to race a 2014 car in the 2015 championship. The letter stated that the Strategy Group agreed that the car should comply with all of the 2015 technical regulations, with the exception of four articles, those articles being Articles 3.7.9, 15.4.3, 15.4.4 and 16.2. The team can confirm that the modifications to its 2014 car would meet this stipulation.

- A change to the Regulations at this stage does require unanimous consent from all teams and following the initiation of the CVA process, the team is now actively engaged in achieving this. This process involves providing all relevant information to the teams to allow them to fully consider its request.

- As the press release from FRP Advisory of 4 February states, given the confidential nature of the negotiations underway, neither they nor the team are able to provide further details regarding the team’s new investors, however those investors have either met with or spoken to the key F1 bodies.

- The team has been busy preparing its 2014 cars such that they comply with the stipulations of the Strategy Group and at the same time it is pressing on with the development of its 2015 car to ensure it can supersede the 2014 car as soon as possible.

- The team has a significant number of staff already working on both its 2014 and 2015 cars. It also has the benefit of being able to recruit further staff very quickly from the rich pool of experienced and talented F1 personnel who were left unemployed following the closure of Marussia and Caterham and due to job cuts made by other teams in the sport.

Commenting on the team’s progress, and also comments emerging from yesterday’s F1 Strategy Group meeting in Paris, Graeme Lowdon, a representative of the team, said:

“It has been a very good step to finally get the CVA process underway this week. This is the first external sign that we have been able to make of all the hard work that has taken place privately over the past four months to get us to our current position.

“I was surprised to hear some of the comments made today, particularly regarding an application we were said to have made to yesterday’s meeting, which I can confirm was not the case. We did make a request on 17 December last year and we have been working since to satisfy the requirements subsequently communicated to us, specifically complying with all the Regulations, aside from the exempted articles.

“The comments also mentioned that issues of compliance were raised, that it was felt that our application lacked substance and contained no supporting documentation to reinforce the case for offering special dispensation. Again, we did not make any application to yesterday’s Strategy Group meeting and nor were we asked to.

“Instead, we are proceeding with our clear process regarding compliance and building our operation. We are doing everything possible to adhere to the process set out for us to return to the 2015 grid. This is a fantastic good news story for the whole sport and we just want to go racing.”

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