Manor F1 team shakes things up for next season

Manor has a number of changes in store for next season. The Formula 1 team recently announced a switch to Mercedes engines and a new technical partnership with Williams. And now it has confirmed a shift in its top leadership as well.

Joining the team for next season will be one Dave Ryan, who will serve as its new Racing Director. Ryan previously served as sporting director at McLaren before leaving in 2009 to run a GT racing team. It's not immediately clear exactly what responsibilities will fall to his new role, but his arrival comes as both John Booth and Graeme Lowdon – the team's top men – are leaving.

The departures of Booth and Lowdon could leave Ryan calling the shots day to day, with team owner Stephen Fitzpatrick playing a more active role. Alternatively, Fitzpatrick could name a new team principal to work with Ryan. reports that the role has been offered to Alex Wurz, who recently announced his retirement from racing. But while Wurz has indicated he will remain active in some capacity in motor racing, his potential interest in the Manor job remains unknown.

The team started in 2010 as Virgin Racing, then switched ownership to compete under the Marussia banner in subsequent years – first under Cosworth power and more recently with Ferrari. These new engine, technical, and staffing announcements confirm the team's intentions to remain on the grid, however it has yet to announce its driver lineup for the 2016 Formula 1 season.

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