F1 » Marussia, Caterham play down merger speculation

There are no plans for F1 backmarkers Marussia and Caterham to join forces, despite having discussed the possibility over the winter.

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Oldtimer - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 12:51 PM

I can see little sense in that idea, neither of them are going anywhere except into bankruptcy and out of F1. Under the current rules and regulations new teams have no chance of moving up the grid. They were enticed in by a mandatory Cosworth engine deal and a promise of a budget cap, of course that did not happen and Cosworth are in the process of being sold so the future looks grim. F1 needs big manufacturers like Honda BMW and Toyota who have the sort of budget to do more that survive and as we have seen even that is not enough sometimes. The idea that small teams can come into F1 belongs to the dark ages. Some people are advocating the purchase of last years cars to encourage teams in, I don't believe that is a goer for all sorts of reasons. Perhaps F1 could become a two class series with all cars using the same rules but with the smaller teams in a sort of second class series run at the same time. In the seventies there were upwards of 40-50 cars entered for some races and there w

Oldtimer - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 12:53 PM

as a qualifying race to get into the GP. Apparently Bernie did'nt like it and took to cancelling the teams entry and hotel bookings to discourage them from turning up. What a lovely bloke he is!


March 21, 2013 1:45 PM

oh well. if they merged, there would only be two mobile chicanes, rather than four. interestingly, marussia have never signed concorde, and there are rumours of caterham being on the market.

Mr Know it All - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 2:24 AM

whilst Marussia have shown little promise and having two pay up kids at the wheel there is no doubt they are in trouble with little future outside another billionaire trying his luck until he loses money and interest. However, Fernandes must be squeeling as he has invested well north of £100M in a team worth a fraction of that and got nowhere and his football club is going down. Maybe Tony should also get out of sport as he appears to be better at running airlines

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