Marussia undecided over engine for new turbo era

L-R: Charles Pic (FRA); Andy Webb (GBR) Marussia F1 Team CEO; John Booth (GBR) Marussia F1 Team Principal; Graeme Lowdon (GBR) Marussia F1 Team Sporting Director; Timo Glock (GER) with the new Marussia MR01. Marussia MR01 Rollout, Silverstone, England, Monday 5 March 2012.Jul.18 (GMM) Marussia has yet to make a decision regarding which engine to use for Formula 1’s new turbo regulations in 2014.

The back-of-the-grid team is currently powered by Cosworth, but there is speculation that the independent British engine supplier is set to pull out of the sport.

When asked about Marussia’s engine plans for 2014, chief executive Andy Webb said: “It’s a difficult decision, because a lot will depend on the financial side.”

There is great consternation among F1’s ‘customer engine’ teams at present about the high cost of buying the new V6 engines.

“They’re going to cost somewhere between EUR 10 and EUR 25 million,” Webb is quoted by the Russian website Championat.

“A team like ours will need some help in order to afford something like that.”

Webb also revealed that, starting next year, Marussia has decided to use KERS for the first time.

“The only question is whose system we will have,” he said. “It depends on what engine we choose for the future.”

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