Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Special feature - Rising like a phoenix following a positive return for the Manor Marussia F1 Team

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The Manor Marussia F1 Team who returned to the sport this season after entering administration towards the end of last season, this led to the possibility of the team having to close to its doors however Northern Irish businessman Stephen Fitzpatrick and former Sainsbury’s boss Justin King.

The management structure within the team remains the same with John Booth as Team Principal and Graeme Lowdon continuing as Sporting Director. The outfit saw many of their staff leave for other teams over the winter as the situation at the time was unclear as to whether or not the outfit would survive.

The team have two new drivers with Britain’s Will Stevens and Spain’s Roberto Merhi joining the team. The outfit worked against the clock to get ready for the start of the 2015 season getting everything together in record time and making it out to the first race in Australia last month. Last time out at the Bahrain Grand Prix the outfit completed their second full race distance with both drivers.

This was a fantastic achievement for the outfit who are currently operating out of their GP2 HQ after the F1 base in Banbury was sold at auction to the Haas F1 Team who enter the sport next season.
Team Principal John Booth said following the Bahrain Grand Prix that the outfit can be proud of a ‘smooth weekend’ which he said is exactly how the team wanted to end the first four fly away Grand Prix of the season.

Speaking to BBC F1’s Eddie Jordan in Bahrain over the weekend Graeme Lowdon said that the fans want the Manor Marussia F1 Team on the grid and that is the main after Formula One Supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Sky Sports F1 HD commentator Martin Brundle that he doesn’t want the Manor Marussia F1 Team on the Formula One grid but the support shown for the team would show otherwise that fans are delighted to see the team back on the grid.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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