The Manor Marussia F1 Team has hired a new racing director and let its previous top leadership go. The racing outfit has also secured an engine deal with Mercedes and a technical partnership with Williams for next season.
Struggling but defiant, the Manor Marussia F1 team has announced its drivers for the opening rounds of the 2015 Formula One World Championship, with Roberto Merhi joining Will Stevens on the grid. The team's new backer, Justin King, is also putting his son, Jordan, in the test-driver seat.
Manor Marussia F1 declares it is "making huge strides" toward being on the grid at the Australian Grand Prix in just over two weeks' time. It's got a lot of agreements on paper that are hopeful, but there are a lot of questions - and an FIA crash test - to be dealt with.
The latest update from the family of injured Formula One driver Jules Bianchi indicates that he is no longer in the intensive care unit at a French hospital. He is now in a rehabilitation center to begin therapy to improve his condition. Bianchi is still unconscious but is breathing on his own.
Toward the end of the Japanese Grand Prix in early October, Marussia driver Jules Bianchi crashed into a recovery truck that was removing Adrian Sutil's Sauber from the circuit. Taken to the Mie Prefectural General Medical Center for care, the Frenchman had been in an artificial coma for the past seven weeks while doctors attended to his severe head injuries.
Octogenarian billionaire, briber and Bond villain caricature Bernie Ecclestone is not popular with the fans of the sport he oversees with an iron fist, and somehow, we don't think that's set to change after the 84-year-old gave a pretty wide-ranging interview with Campaign Asia-Pacific.
UPDATE: F1 appears to have successfully blocked video footage of Bianchi's crash from appearing on YouTube, as the footage we previously had available for viewing has been pulled. You can read more about the racing series' efforts to get video providers to expunge images of the accident in our related story here.
Americans are the Rodney Dangerfields of the modern Formula One driving ranks; they don't get any respect. We recently reported on 22-year-old Alexander Rossi being tapped by Marussia as a replacement for Brit Max Chilton for this weekend's upcoming Belgian Grand Prix. He would have been the first American driving in an F1 race since Scott Speed in 2007, but less than 24 hours after getting the nod, Rossi has apparently been re-replaced by Chilton.
For the first time since July of 2007, an American driver will take to the grid for a race in the Formula One World Championship. That man will be 22-year-old Alexander Rossi, a Californian widely touted as the next great hope for American F1 fans following his steady climb through the open-wheel ranks.
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.