Manor Marussia to use Mercedes engines next season

Thu Oct 1, 2015 6:44am EDT
 
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Mercedes will supply their power units to Formula One back-markers Manor Marussia next season in a deal announced on Thursday.

Marussia, the smallest team in the sport, went into administration at the end of last season and survived only after a late rescue deal was put together. They have used Ferrari engines for the past two years.

The new partnership comes amid a general shakeup of the engine landscape, with Renault set to buy Mercedes-powered Lotus and Red Bull's two teams negotiating with Ferrari after breaking from Renault.

Champions Mercedes, whose engine is the most competitive in the sport, said the deal with Manor was a multi-year one and the units provided would be 'current year'.

"This new agreement should enable us to keep our supply roster at three customer teams for 2016, which is our ideal level in terms of technical and logistical capacity," said Mercedes High Performance Powertrains director Andy Cowell.

"We will be targeting gains in both performance and reliability for the 2016 Power Unit and look forward to delivering those to our new customers at Manor Marussia F1 Team."

Mercedes also provide engines to Force India and former champions Williams as well as the works team of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg but have baulked at supplying arch-rivals Red Bull.

Marussia principal John Booth said his team would resume a previous technical partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering for the supply of transmission and suspension components.   Continued...