Marussia switches to Ferrari power for 2014

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Marussia have confirmed they will switch from Cosworth to Ferrari engines next year when the new rules come into force.

The team announced a “long-term power train partnership” with Ferrari on Tuesday. They will receive the new 2014-specification V6 turbo engines with Energy Recovery Systems and transmission.

CEO Andy Webb said the deal “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 importance of this development to our team cannot be overstated,” he added.

“The new power train 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.”

The deal spells an end for Cosworth’s F1 engine supply program. It returned to Formula One in 2010 with four teams: Lotus (now Caterham), Williams, HRT and Virgin (now Marussia). Lotus and Williams turned to Renault power and HRT collapsed at the end of last season.

“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 have been an integral part of our clear progression,” said Webb.

NHRA Gatornationals: John Force has another spectacular motor explosion

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Legendary NHRA Funny Car driver John Force endured yet another spectacular motor explosion – his third in the NHRA’s first three national event races – during Friday’s qualifying at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.

It’s the kind of consistency the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ could do without.

The 68-year-old Force came to Gainesville hoping to break the jinx that saw him endure explosions in both the season-opening Winternationals and the second race of the season in Phoenix.

Both motor explosions sent Force to the hospital for examination before he returned to the race track.

Friday, even though the motor in his Chevrolet Camaro blew up again (in the second round of qualifying), at least this time, Force didn’t wind up in the hospital.

He did have his right hand bandaged from a cut suffered in the explosion, but did not have to go to the hospital this time.

He even joked about not having to add yet another ambulance bill to the nearest Gainesville hospital.

But the explosion still proved costly.

“That was another body and that hurts the financial (bottomline),” Force said. “I was out $500,000 to $600,000, and now we are probably out $800,000, going on a million. In drag racing, you have to be tough.”

He ended the day qualifying 14th, not a very comfortable position with two more rounds of qualifying set for Saturday.

Force continues to be mystified why the motors keep exploding.

“I really thought we had it, I thought we were there,” Force said. “In the first round we drove it 500 feet and shut it off. It looked great. We ran it again that run and I was only going to drive it 800 feet even if we didn’t make The Show.”

Force will attempt to improve his qualifying spot during Saturday’s final two rounds to make Sunday’s eliminations.

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