Monday, October 19, 2015

Manor Marussia gains Mercedes Might for 2016 - But will it be enough to hold off Haas?

By now Yuhs already know that our Tail-gunner Charlie's, the Minnowesqe Manor Marussia F1 Team will get an engine makeover next year, which should give them a step-up power wise with the advent of the A-L-L conquering Mercedes Benz PU bolted to their backside. Not to mention Williams running gear and suspension components - for which perhaps Manor will be nipping at Team Willy's' heals next year. Or perhaps force India's?

Naturally this association will lead to all sorts of speculation over who Manor Marussia's drivers will be next year? As the interesting part of the puzzle to Mwah is the tiny mention of the team utilizing PETRONAS lubricants in the deal.

Especially with scuttlebutt suggesting that current GP2 competitor Rio Haryanto could be in the frame? As the 22yr old Indonesian driver reportedly has a sizeable Dowry from Pertamina, the State owned Oil conglomerate, which in the past would make me think it would preclude him. Yet the hopefully soon to be Renault Works team, currently Lotus is quite happy taking Pastor Maldonado's Venezuelan PDVSA money, so who knows?

Also lurking in the shadows is current DTM points leader and Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein, who could be part of the Silver Arrows package at Manor next year, although Toto Wolff continues playing this prospect down, but if the 21yr old German Birthday Boy goes onto win this year's DTM crown - which he did at Hockenheim over the weekend, then why not? All of which could make current drivers Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi's tenure remarkably short...

Meanwhile,  Manor Marussia F1 President Graeme Lowdon feels pretty confident that next season's Formula 1 newcomer Haas F1 will score points immediately.

Whilst Gene Haas has apparently claimed his Formula 1 operation will cost relatively the same amount as his current NASCAR operation, albeit with half the cars...