Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Marussia F1 announce Ferrari deal

Marussia F1 team have announced the much anticipated deal with Scuderia Ferrari for a new technical partnership which will see the team benefiting from a full Ferrari V6 powertrain with effect from the 2014 season.

As a Scuderia Ferrari customer team and within the terms of the 2014 regulations, the Marussia F1 Team will receive the supply of an Internal Combustion Engine and Energy Recovery System, full transmission and all related ancillary systems.

Andy Webb said, "The Marussia F1 Team is delighted to be entering into a technical partnership with Scuderia Ferrari for the supply of a full powertrain from 2014. 

"The importance of this development to our Team cannot be overstated. Not only will we benefit from a customer supply from the most successful engine manufacturer in Formula One’s history, but this also provides further confirmation, if it were needed, of our commitment to the sport and determination to maintain our progression towards our long-term ambitions. 

"The new powertrain regulations being introduced next year represent the most substantial engine development within the sport since the introduction of the V8 formula and are all the more significant for the increased contribution of the Energy Recovery System. We look forward to working with Scuderia Ferrari during this exciting new era of Formula One competition.",he added.

Marussia entered into the sport as Virgin Racing, who along with Lotus (now Caterham) and  HRT started using engines supplied by British engine manufacturer Cosworth. Andy Webb paid tribute to their current engine partner who are set to leave the sport at the end of 2013. 

"We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Cosworth, with whom we have partnered since our debut season in 2010. We have shared an important part of our Team’s journey together and Cosworth have been an integral part of our clear progression. We will continue to work together during the latter half of the season to ensure we all achieve our combined objectives before Cosworth leave the sport.”

Though the team continue to have a technical collaboration with McLaren, which allows them use of the latter's wind tunnel and other aerodynamic facilities, the deal with Ferrari is not expected to jeopardize that in any way.

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