Dearly departed Formula One backmarkers Manor have officially ceased to be, therefore, their stuff is up for sale in order to pay off the team’s assorted debts. Everything from a 6:1 wind tunnel model of Manor’s stillborn 2017 car design to enough wheels to shame a hellaflush kid is up for sale. Who needs some F1 kit?
Another year, another Formula One backmarker in financial strife. This year, it’s Manor’s turn again. Because every expenditure must be deemed necessary by an administrator handling all of their finances, they aren’t even being allowed to start making parts for their 2017 F1 car, per Motorsport.com. Ouch!
Let’s play this year’s round of “who wants to buy a struggling Formula One team?” Manor is in desperate need of saving again, as they’ve put the company which runs the operations of the F1 team, Just Racing Services Limited, into administration, reports Sky Sports. Administration is Britain’s version of Chapter…
When you think of things that move slow, both the Manor Formula One team and someone who’s eaten too much Kentucky Fried Chicken come to mind. Now those two may be inseparable, as KFC is linked to a possible investment in Manor, according to Autoweek. Now that rumor’s finger lickin’ good.
Rio Haryanto, the now-ex Formula 1 driver backed by a state-owned Indonesian oil company, is out of the backmarker Manor F1 team, per Racer. What happened to all that sweet, sweet oil money, Rio?
The LMP2-class No. 44 Manor Oreca 05 had perhaps the strangest retirement of them all at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans: it ran over its own nose after a bodywork failure at the Porsche Curves.
If there’s one name that’s all over open-wheel racing lately, it’s Alexander Rossi. Not only was he the first American to race in Formula One in years, but this year, he won America’s most famous race: the Indianapolis 500. So, of course, Rossi’s here with us live now to answer all your questions.
If a backmarker falls off the timing screen, do they make a sound? Formula One did not have the issues IndyCar had with timing and scoring at Long Beach last weekend, but according to Motorsport.com’s live blog of the Chinese Grand Prix, they somehow lost track of the Manor car of Rio Haryanto for a bit.
Manor Formula One driver Pascal Wehrlein was the unlucky one who found out what happens when you hit a puddle on slick tires. The weird dry-with-puddles conditions that contributed to Wehrlein’s spin out brought out a red flag for crews to help clear puddles from the track.
So, there’s an “unsafe release” from a pit stall, and then there’s just plain letting your driver whack into another car. Someone in the Manor pits wasn’t paying enough attention when Manor driver Rio Haryanto was released smack-dab into Haas driver Romain Grosjean’s car during Free Practice 3.
Three guys, one car is a possibility for Manor next year, according to Autoweek. Drivers Alexander Rossi, Rio Haryanto and Will Stevens all bring significant sponsorship deals to the table, so Manor is reportedly considering letting each have a go in their home region to the tune of $5 million each.