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Manor strikes deal for Mercedes engines in 2016

  • Published on 01 Oct 2015 11:26
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Following the conclusion of a multi-year supply agreement, Manor Marussia F1 Team will race with Mercedes-Benz Hybrid power from the 2016 season onwards. Since the introduction of the new Power Unit generation in 2014, the Mercedes-Benz Hybrid has set the competitive benchmark in the sport, claiming to date a total of 27 wins and 2,208 world championship points.

Under the terms of the agreement, Manor Marussia F1 Team will be supplied with Mercedes-Benz Power Units by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) based in Brixworth, UK. The Power Unit will use Fluid Technology Solutions developed by PETRONAS, the technology partner of Mercedes-Benz. Under the agreement, Manor Marussia F1 Team will be supplied with current-year Power Units throughout the term.

John Booth, Team Principal, Manor Marussia F1 Team: "I am delighted to announce our new Power Unit partnership with Mercedes-Benz for the 2016 season and beyond. Although there were many factors governing our selection of an engine partner to help power us towards our long-term ambitions, ultimately the strength of the Mercedes-Benz package speaks for itself."

"2015 has been a rebuilding year in every aspect of our operation. Although we have not been able to make the incremental strides in competitiveness that the team has enjoyed in previous seasons, we have put in place a strong foundation from which to progress. Together with the potential we are seeing with our 2016 car in the wind tunnel, the Mercedes-Benz Power Unit will assist our return to aggressive performance development with effect from next season."

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Scuderia Ferrari for their support for our team over the past two seasons. In 2014, together we shared in the momentous occasion of the team's first points and in 2015 Ferrari supported us to a degree that was above and beyond the requirements of our partnership agreement. Quite simply, we could not have returned to the grid without them pushing extremely hard to support the MR03B, at the same time as focusing on their own 2015 package."

"I am also pleased to announce that we will resume our prior technical partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, from whom we will receive the supply of transmission and suspension components. Combined with Mercedes-Benz Power Units, we are very excited about the strength of our new powertrain package and what it means for the long-term future of our team."

Andy Cowell, Managing Director of Mercedes AMG HPP: "It is a great pleasure to welcome the Manor Marussia F1 Team to our stable of customers at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains. They are a team of real racers with great spirit and impressive determination to succeed. We enjoy strong relationships with all our customer teams, and take pride in delivering a standard of hardware and service that reflects the high standards that Mercedes-Benz stands for. Furthermore, 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. 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."

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "Mercedes-Benz has a clear Formula One philosophy based around our works Silver Arrows team and supplying benchmark Power Units to independent customer teams. We believe this approach provides Formula One with greater strength in depth and ensures a deeper level of competitiveness throughout the field. In anticipation of Renault's takeover of the Lotus F1 Team, we are pleased to announce Manor Marussia as a new customer of Mercedes-Benz. It is a tenacious team with a fantastic competitive spirit, and we are all excited to see what step forward they can make next year with their new car coupled with the Mercedes-Benz Hybrid Power Unit."

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  • denis1304

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    this was made so fast, so they can say "We don't have capacity to supply Red Bull now..."

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    • Oct 1 2015 - 14:58
    • That is likely one reason. And it will provide Mercedes with a fine mini team, and a horde of benefits for Manor. We can likely expect Wehrlein to compete for Manor next year. Looks like Red Bull is set to take Ferrari engines or leave the sport. Wonder if Manor will change livery into a silver one to match the shift. I do however like that they thanked Ferrari, it seemed very appropriate to do so.

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      • Oct 1 2015 - 15:07
    • khasmir

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      Indeed. But can Ferrari supply 4 customer teams? (5 including themselves)

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      • Oct 1 2015 - 23:13
  • boudy

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    This also means that the takeover of renault is a must for LOTUS otherwise they are left without an PU.

    Not impressed with mercedes however, since they will only supply teams that will not give them too much bother.
    Since RB is actually a customer team I could not see the reasoning from Toto. I hope that Ferrari grants RB & STR their 2016 engine. Seems like RB are a victim of their succes. Should they have suffered another year with Renault promising improvements and not delivering. Loads of power play going on, losing 4 cars from the grid is a daunting propect.

    Wasn't it toto that said that nobody cares if RB and STR are not there at the start in 2016. Would that mean 3 cars from merc. ferrari or williams. Wow the prospect of having a whole podium of merc drivers. Pff what a turnoff.

    Bernie needs to put a framework together for PU suppliers. Ron Dennis is correct otherwise no customer team will be able to win a championship. I think that the horse has bolted, the framework should have been in place already. Now the PU manufacters can basically control the customers team by restricting access to their best PU.

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    • Oct 1 2015 - 18:08

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