Marussia has agreed a long-term technical partnership with Ferrari to use their engines and full powertrain from 2014, the Anglo-Russian Formula 1 team said on Tuesday.
The move had been widely expected, with Marussia’s existing supplier Cosworth set to leave the sport and the team appointing Frenchman Jules Bianchi – a Ferrari reserve – to their race line-up at the start of this year.
Marussia said in a statement that the deal provided further confirmation of the team’s commitment to Formula 1 and “determination to maintain our progression towards our long-term ambitions”.
The British-based team operates with the smallest budget in the sport and has yet to score a point since its debut in 2010 as Virgin Racing.
However, it is currently ahead of Malaysian-owned rivals Caterham, after nine races.
The F1 regulations are changing significantly next year with a new turbo-charged 1.6 litre V6 engine with energy recovery systems being introduced to replace the current 2.4 litre V8.
Mercedes and Renault are expected to power four teams each with Ferrari, the most successful and oldest team in the championship, supplying the remaining three.
“We look forward to working with Scuderia Ferrari during this exciting new era of F1 competition,” said Marussia chief executive Andy Webb. (Reuters)
Marussia press release:
The Marussia F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari are pleased to announce the agreement of a new technical partnership which will see the Anglo-Russian team benefiting from a full Ferrari powertrain with effect from the 2014 season.
As a Scuderia Ferrari customer team and within the terms of the 2014 regulations, the Marussia F1 Team will receive the supply of an Internal Combustion Engine and Energy Recovery System, full transmission and all related ancillary systems.
Andy Webb, CEO, Marussia F1 Team: “The Marussia F1 Team is delighted to be entering into a technical partnership with Scuderia Ferrari for the supply of a full powertrain from 2014. The importance of this development to our team cannot be overstated. Not only will we benefit from a customer supply from the most successful engine manufacturer in F1’s history, but this also provides further confirmation, if it were needed, of our commitment to the sport and determination to maintain our progression towards our long-term ambitions. The new powertrain regulations being introduced next year represent the most substantial engine development within the sport since the introduction of the V8 formula and are all the more significant for the increased contribution of the Energy Recovery System. We look forward to working with Scuderia Ferrari during this exciting new era of F1 competition. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Cosworth, with whom we have partnered since our debut season in 2010. We have shared an important part of our team’s journey together and Cosworth has been an integral part of our clear progression. We will continue to work together during the latter half of the season to ensure we all achieve our combined objectives before Cosworth leave[s] the sport.” (Marussia)
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