Report: Marussia spokesperson confirms change of team ownership

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With Marussia Motors, the parent company of the Marussia Formula One team, having apparently suspended its car-making operations, the F1 squad is now under new ownership.

Team spokesperson Tracy Novak has told Russian publication R-Sport that another company, Marussia Communications Limited, has taken control.

However, she would not comment on when said ownership change took place and if MCL was the same company as that of an entity of the same name that was supposedly registered in Dublin.

“There is no link between the two companies (Marussia Motors and Marussia F1 Team) financially or technically,” Novak said. “The F1 team has been an independent operation for some time.

“The F1 team has had a positive start to the 2014 season and looks forward to continued success in the pursuit of its racing ambitions.”

Marussia Motors entered F1 in 2010 after purchasing a controlling stake in the Virgin Racing team, which became known as Marussia Virgin Racing in 2011. The team became simply ‘Marussia’ in 2012.

The car company is known primarily for its B1 and B2 supercars, but according to R-Sport, those projects are no longer operational and that its staff in Moscow has reportedly “left the company en masse and joined a government-run technical institute.”

Novak, however, says that the apparent problems at Marussia Motors won’t hamper the F1 team’s day-to-day business. The team is headquartered in Banbury, England.

“The supercar project was ambitious, but it is disappointing that it was unable to get to market,” she added. “There is no impact whatsoever on the Formula 1 team’s operation.”

Marussia’s F1 team fields programs for Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi. So far, the team has an early grip on the 10th-place spot in the Constructor’s Championship that is coveted by them and rival Caterham.

Chilton has already claimed two 13th-place finishes this season, including last weekend at Bahrain. No doubt those will help Marussia’s cause as they seek to claim the 10th spot and the sizable amount of prize money that goes with it.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”