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2015 Manor Marussia MR03

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Jimlaad43, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. Jimlaad43

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    One day before the season opener in Australia, the Manor Marussia team have finally revealed their car to the world.

    After a turbulent few months since Jules Bianchi's horrific accident in Japan, the team has been forced to skip races, been in and out of administration and even survived liquidation to produce a car to race in Australia.

    The car is mostly the same as the 2014 model, but fits the 2015 regulations. They are running Ferrari engines from last year also.

    A lack of testing, and 1 Formula One start between their two drivers means the team are starting the season on a major back foot. With the prospect of not making the 107% rule also hanging over the team, it might end up being a fruitless attempt like the ill-fated Mastercard Lola team from the 1997 season.

    However, with only 9 other teams on the grid, and the jobs of the personnel in the team, this is a project which must work for the good of the sport.

    With Will Stevens set for the year, and Roberto Mehri juggling an F1 seat with his Formula Renault 3.5 commitments, there is still uncertainty as to how the driving seat will pan out. But with Jordan King in reserve, they at least have a fall-back plan.

    How do you guys think the season will go for Manor? Will they even qualify for the Australian Grand Prix? Feel free to comment below
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  2. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    Lovely 80s McLaren style livery
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  3. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
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  4. Jimlaad43

    Nice apex, I'll take it! Staff Premium

    Nice to see that some people are starting to invest in the team.
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  5. I really hope Manor makes it to next season. I'd love to see them keep racing - teams like this, small budget, but a lot of passion, are what makes F1 what it is; and if these teams can stay alive over years. who knows what they might become? See Williams, for example.
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  6. Are there any news regarding their full on 2015 car?
    I remember something about them planning to introduce it for the 2nd half of the season, so... Spa?
  7. they said a while ago now that it was unlikely that there will be a new car this year and that they will finish with the current car and make a few adjustments to it along the way
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  8. Ah okay then.
    Shame, I would've loved for them to use the current Ferrari PU and see how close to the field they would be with that :)
  9. As of now, I think it's very likely they'll be using the reinforcements in the technical team they've made to improve what was intended to be their 2015 car for 2016, including (hopefully) an up-to-date power unit from Ferrari. I'm really curious to see how close they can get under these circumstances.
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