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Pat Symonds recently left his position as the Marussia technical consultant and he has taken up his new role as the Williams technical director. His departure from the team last month has not left a huge void according to the team president, Graeme Lowdon.
In a recent interview, he said that Symonds has left the team in a good position and they are not in a hurry to replace him. He has paid tribute to the work done by Symonds during his time at the team. According to him, the car has made a lot of progress from the position they were in last season. Read more »
The mighty and the humble of Formula 1 will be working together come the 2014 season of the sport with the Marussia F1 Team announcing they will they will be using engines supplied by Italian giants Ferrari when the 1.6 liter V6 power units will take over in what is set to become perhaps the most intriguing and interesting partnership between the smallest and the biggest team in the sport.
Andy Webb, the Chief Executive Officer or CEO of the team stated that the importance of this tie-up for the Russian Formula 1 team cannot be overstated in any way. He stated that this does two things for the team: they will be supplied with customer engines from arguably the most successful engine manufacturers in the history of the sport and it also confirms their commitment to the sport and maintain their determination for long term ambitions.
The CEO of the Marussia F1 Team further stated that the new regulations of power train that will be introduced next year represent one of the most substantial engine development since the introduction of the V8 engines and the engines will also be able to increase their contributions to the car thanks to the energy recovery system. He went on to add that the team cannot wait to work with Scuderia Ferrari as Formula 1 ushers in a new era.
This new deal will see the Italian manufacturers supply gearboxes and other technological systems to the Russian team but the Marussia F1 Team had no other option considering their current engine providers Cosworth will not be able to provide their 1.6 liter V6 engines by the time the new season kicks off in 2014. The team will also continue with their deal with McLaren that sees the English team provide aerodynamics to the team.
Marussia F1 driver Max Chilton has said that it is almost impossible for teams to pay for their drivers in the current economic climate. As a result, there is an increasing group of drivers, who pay for their racing seat through sponsors. Chilton is also one of the drivers who has been able to secure a seat on the Formula One grid by paying sponsorship to the Marussia F1 team. Even though they have an annual budget of £ 39 million, it is insignificant in the sport where the top drivers earn around the same amount.
Drivers like Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, and Sebastian Vettel are paid to race at the top level, while the likes of Chilton come into the sport hoping to show their skills and quality. The 21-year-old has said that it is almost unavoidable in the sport in the current economic climate. He has pointed out to the fact that more than 75% of the drivers on the grid right now are sponsoring their team in one way or the other. The 21-year-old rookie has had a decent start to the F1 career.
He has been able to finish all the four races he has started so far. However, he is yet to collect points in the F1 season.
“With the current (financial) situation in Formula One, probably 75 percent plus of the drivers on this grid have to bring something to the team. In the UK, you have what’s called an Enterprise Investment Scheme… and the new venture here is investing in a young and up-and-coming driver. Obviously it’s not the dream way of doing it because you’re giving away part of your future. It’s a good way of doing it and I think a lot of people will start doing it in the future,” said Chilton senior.
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Marussia have been left disappointed after the Monaco Grand Prix, as they saw their hard-earnt tenth place in the Constructor’s Championship taken by rivals Caterham. Despite scoring no points so far this season, Timo Glock’s 14th place in Australia had put them in 10th, but Heikki Kovalainen climbed to 13th at the weekend and displaced the Russian team. It will be particularly frustrating since Glock could have overtaken the Finn he had not been forced to pit to fit a new nose on the car.
Despite this setback, 14th place for one of their drivers does equal their best this season, and before their other driver Charles Pic had to retire 64 laps in with an electrical issue they must have been happy with the performances. Timo Glock is also thinking positively, and to be racing early on against Jenson Button in a McLaren must be a situation that the team would have been dreaming about last year.
“A bit of a disappointing end to a race that started so well,” the German said. “We had good speed at the beginning and for the first 10 laps I could stick with Jenson quite well. We had good pace all the way until maybe the last quarter when the front wing end plate broke. We don’t know for sure why; maybe because of the touch with Perez early in the race. We will have to see what caused it.”
Marussia boss John Booth is happy to put down the race as a missed opportunity and look forward to the Canadian Grand Prix for ways to improve. “We will take the lessons we’ve learned from this weekend and apply them positively as we prepare for the next race and beyond,” said Booth. “I’m generally happy with my performance and that of the team, but its disappointing to hold on to tenth place for so long and now drop back. That’s racing though and not for long we have to hope. Now we focus on Canada and look forward to some better luck.”