Among Formula One's end-of-season rumor frenzy, there is a possible light at the end of the tunnel for Manor Marussia as a U.S. investment group has displayed a keen interest in taking over the operation of the team. Tavo Hellmund, an American businessman responsible for bringing back both the U.S. and Mexican Grand Prix is believed to be leading an American investment group interested in taking over the reigns of operational control at Manor Marussia. This rumour comes during one of the many low points in Manor's lifespan, where a considerable share of personnel are believed to be leaving the team, including long time Team Principal and Founder, John Booth, along with CEO and Sporting Director, Graeme Lowdon. The situation could well have been exacerbated had it not been for the intervention of current Team Owner, Stephen Fitzpatrick, when he rescued the outfit during their brief period administration earlier in the year. Reportedly, Hellmund believes that a deal can still be done with Fitzpatrick, despite openly admitting that the clock is ticking and that if a deal is to be done, then it must be as soon as possible before time runs out for both parties, as he told the Austin American-Statesman newspaper: "I think if we get to late January or February, it may be too late, and my partners and I would probably lose interest." Additionally, Hellmund has laid down conditions under his proposal that the power unit deal for 2016 that Manor currently has with Mercedes would still have the green light and the team's financial position would be solid. Lastly, and perhaps most absurd of all the 'silly-season' rumours, Hellmund is supposedly drafting plans of placing NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., in the main race seat for 2016, and keeping current driver Alexander Rossi in the other seat as he "has the resumé". Do you think this possible takeover could be beneficial to Manor? Do you like the idea of Dale Earnhardt. Jr starting to turn right more than usual by joining the F1 circus? Let us know in the comment section below.