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Bianchi to sway Marussia engine decision?

“I applauded the FIA in that they anticipated the problem and I think they took a very pragmatic approach to it. The whole thing of recovering energy from heat as well as kinetic energy is a great idea and something we really will lead on and develop a lot of new stuff - but the engines are going to be expensive.

“We're going from one extreme to another. [Renault-powered] Caterham are probably paying a lot more for their engine and KERS than we are and still have to take a hike up for the 2014 engines. But, for us, it's a very significant fraction of our budget.”

Symonds is also frustrated by the fact that Marussia's most promising car to date, the current MR02 – will be abandoned in favour of preparation for 2014.

"The workload [is] immense for the big teams and even harder for us - and, like it or not, we've got to finish development work on the MR02 in a few weeks' time,” he confirmed, “We just haven't enough people to leave the design of the [2014] car late. And it's a very difficult design problem, so unlike the current car, so there are so many areas we have to do fundamental research on.

"At the moment, I'd say the last bits we'll really bring to the [2013] car will be around Silverstone time. The big teams will be developing later, but that's aerodynamically: I am hoping we have a few little tricks up our sleeve later in the year, which are some of the bits we could carry through to 2014."

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May 01, 2013 9:23 PM
Last Edited 541 days ago

Shannon. well, I reckon any f1 fan would hope that the team can survive, so I guess you are not a real fan?. marussia maybe a tail ender, but at least they are trying and have managed to stick one to caterham, for whom, many thought would be the one team to make progress. it would be interesting to see how a Ferrari engine would help marussia. for many years, minardi were the backmarker, but they kept plugging on, and brought many talents into f1. and we miss their enthusiasm now!


May 02, 2013 3:48 AM

If Bernie really does want to cut F1 back to just 10 teams then one of the teams will have to go. I think Caterham will likely be the ones to fold first so hopefully Marussia will become more competitive or they will just be grid fillers.

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