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4Buy pieces of Marussia's F1 operations at auction and start your own team

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and maybe you have someone on your list who already seems to have everything. Never fear, an upcoming auction from the now-defunct Marussia Formula 1 Team might be just the ticket for your hard-to-shop-for racing fan.

8Marussia production car hopes dead, F1 team gets new owners

Russian media outlet R-Sport reports that sports car maker Marussia Motors has stopped making road cars and its employees in Moscow have "left the company en masse and joined a government-run technical institute." That suggests there won't be an evolution of the Cosworth-powered B2, the firm's second sports car that, two years ago, supposedly sold out its limited-to-500 run. That also suggests the F2 SUV and all those extra models have also been called in to meet the dodo.

12Marussia F1 team hobbled by trojan horse virus

When we think of Formula One, we think of the pinnacle technology - massive operations designed for the sole purpose of building very fast cars. We don't often think of security for all that technology, though. Neither, apparently, did the hapless Marussia F1 team, which lost an entire day of testing data this week due to a computer virus.

37Marussia F1 reserve driver Maria De Villota dead at 33

Maria De Villota, the 33-year-old, Spanish Formula One driver and current reserve driver for Marussia F1, was found dead in her Seville, Spain hotel room early this morning. Police believe that it was a natural death, although local forensics and homicide units were on the scene to rule out all possibilities, according to a report from BBC Sport.

9Lotus, Renault and Virgin F1 teams change names for 2012

What's in a name? More than you might think, particularly in Formula One where two teams have been fighting for use of the Lotus moniker for a couple of years now.

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