F1 » Symonds insists: Marussia will survive

Pat Symonds insists that Marussia can survive in F1 despite any financial concerns

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oldtimer - Unregistered

April 30, 2013 11:38 AM

While they may survive for a while they are not going anywhere soon. The money situation as such has just got worse for them and with such limited resources they have little chance of progressing. F1 is littered with teams with big ideas and no money and it's not surprising that Bernie is not keen on having them on the grid. The gap between the front and the back of the grid is immense and far too big for Marussia and the others to close up. I don't have an answer to the problem as it's been there a long time and has got much worse as the big manufacturers have joined in. It's really a championship for the big boys now and that's what Bernie has always wanted.


April 30, 2013 9:01 PM

Let us not forget that Marussia Caterham and HRT came into F1 with promises from Mosley's FIA that there would be cost caps on F1. Now that is all by the by and the minnows, who have invested heavily, are put out to dry. it's just so F1, isn't it?

Firestorm - Unregistered

May 01, 2013 1:03 AM

Lets be serious. Someone must be the backmarker. Usually they are the worst founded teams. Remember that a few years ago, Force India and Toro Rosso were the backmarkers, now they looks well set in the midfiled(especially Force India), and Toro Rosso had a real magic season back in 2008. But these two teams are the succesors of Jordan and Minardi. Caterham and Marussia came from nowhere, without a strong base, without an F1 traditon and without a very strong financial backing(as BAR and Toyota enjoyed in their first years in F1). So is normal that they are backmarkers.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

May 01, 2013 1:37 AM

To add to Firestorm point, I'm not sure that the current midfield would be that over the Moon to be the perennial backmarkers if Marussia and Caterham go bust...

Anyway, we were wondering how long it would take a brand new team from scratch to be decently quick, well, it takes three complete seasons...

In a way, I like when a new comes to the Circus, I tend to sympathize with them and hope to see if they can make it. It's a shame that it is now virtually impossible for top GP2 teams to be promoted and have a go.


May 01, 2013 9:19 AM

Such teams were a Max Mosley joke imposed on F1 in a hurry, everybody and his dog know that they were going to be effective only in making up the number on the grid, this regardless the financial agreement (prise money) enforced by Mosley on Eccleston, in my personal opinion any team which doesn't score a point shouldn't have ever got any prise money.
Now as things seems to have been worked out F1 will consists of ten teams and all of them will score at least one point with the present scoring system and so the one that scores one single point will be guaranteed prise money.

Mr Know it All - Unregistered

May 01, 2013 10:16 AM

Pat, I do respect you and what you have achieved in the past with the obvious exception of being and integral part of the crashgate affair which was a low point .... but, you simply cannot say you put Lowden or Booth in the same bracket as Frank williams ! Give me a break. And if Marussia are so good at not spending more than you need to posting a loss of £46M last year was going some.....

Dave - Unregistered

May 01, 2013 5:24 PM

A 13th spot finish looks safe to me to hold the 10th slot. Bianchi certainly looks the best of the rest. Cant see Caterham bettering them with 12th

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