Rivals welcome Marussia return

Sun Mar 1, 2015 6:27am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Formula One needs teams like Marussia to survive and thrive, rivals said after the tail-enders moved closer to a return to racing.

While Caterham appear destined for the scrap heap, or at least the liquidation of their assets, Marussia were named on the official Formula One entry list on Friday after securing their exit from administration.

"I am so pleased... I think it's great to see them back," Williams technical head Pat Symonds, who joined his current team after a stint at Marussia, told Reuters at the final pre-season test.

"(Team principal) John (Booth) and (sporting director) Graeme (Lowdon) are two great guys, real racers. I started 35 years ago at Toleman and Toleman was not as professional as Marussia," he added.

"But the seed of that team produced Benetton and Renault and now Lotus. (Designer) Rory Byrne, all his wins, my career. There is such a place for teams like that, they are so important to the sport."

With Caterham's demise, Formula One will have just 10 teams this season with the future of some of the smaller outfits far from secure.

Marussia, who are entered as Manor Marussia F1 subject to conditions including their car passing a crash test and complying with the 2015 technical regulations.

"Against all the odds it looks like they are going to be in Melbourne, which is fantastic," Symonds said.   Continued...