Jules Bianchi's family has taken the first steps of legal action against the FIA, the Formula One Group and the Marussia team over the death of their son after the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
The struggling Manor Marussia F1 team came all the way to the Australian Grand Prix, but didn't make it out onto the track even once all weekend. And now Bernie Ecclestone says they'll have to pay for shipping both ways.
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 team formerly known as Marussia may not be down for the count just yet, as it emerges from bankruptcy and works to get its 2015 chassis ready for a mid-season debut under Ferrari power.
Marussia's hopes of making it back onto the Formula One grid this season were dealt what could prove their ultimate death blow as the other teams voted against giving it special dispensation to return.
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.
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.
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.
It looks like the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship will wrap up with two fewer teams than it started. First the Caterham F1 team declared bankruptcy amidst an ownership dispute, and now the Marussia team has gone into bankruptcy administration as well.
Racing fans looking forward to seeing a full grid of Formula One cars at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, next week may be disappointed to learn that two teams (for a total of four cars) will not be competing this year.
"Diffuse axonal injury is usually associated with a somber prognosis." – Dr. Gary Hartstein
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.
Safety in Formula One racing has come a long way over the past few decades, but accidents still do occur. And when they do, we're reminded of the inherent dangers involved in such a fast-paced form of motorsport.
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.