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Manor Formula 1 assets to be sold at auction


The remaining assets of the now-defunct Manor Formula 1 operation are to be sold off at auction in the coming months.

After dicing with financial difficulties for much of its seven-year stint in F1, Manor finally closed its doors in February after entering administration and failing to find a new buyer.

The team finished last in the 2016 F1 constructors’ championship, with the shortfall in prize money acting as the final nail in its coffin.

Following its closure, Manor’s remaining assets will now be auctioned off by Gordon Brothers in England, with a number of notable goods up for grabs.

The listing includes the 1:6 wind tunnel model of Manor’s 2017 car that circulated the internet upon the team’s closure, showing what its new chassis would have looked like for the new season.

Pit lane equipment is also available, which may be of interest to other racing teams, as would the hospitality trailer that Manor used to take to races.

The following items are listed on Gordon Brothers’ website:

  • 4 x Manor Racing Formula 1 Rolling Chassis Show Cars (2015/2016)
  • 2017 Manor Formula 1 Wind Tunnel Model (6:1)
  • Pit Lane Equipment
  • Manor Racing Drivers and Race Team Clothing & General Merchandise
  • Test Jigs, Engineering & Inspection Equipment
  • Large Quantity of Consumables
  • 5 x Formula 1 Car Steering Wheels
  • 2014/2015/2016 Car Parts to include 3 x Tubs, over 200 Wheel Rims, Tyres, Nosecones, Panels, Engine Covers, Rear Wings etc.
  • 2 x Pop Up Trailers and Hospitality Trailer
  • Gazebos, Banner Boards, Flight Cases & Freight Cages
  • Office Furniture and I.T.

Full details regarding the auction are available by clicking here.

Ferrari teammates Vettel and Raikkonen fastest in rainy final practice at Australian GP

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen went one-two in the final practice session ahead of qualifying at the water-logged Australian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Vettel set a best-lap time of 1 minute, 26.067 seconds, more than 2.4 seconds faster than his teammate in second.

Both Ferrari drivers switched from their intermediate tires to the super-fast, ultra-soft tires for the final few laps of the session, testing conditions on the track after a day-long downpour left it slick and filled with small puddles.

Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton did not opt to try out their soft tires, sticking to the intermediates for the entire session. They had the seventh- and eighth-fastest times, after topping the leaderboard in practice in dry conditions on Friday.

The heavy rains subsided by early afternoon, allowing the track to rapidly dry during the third practice session and making conditions safe for drivers to test their soft tires.

Still, only a few drivers completed a timed lap with the softer compounds, with Mercedes, Red Bull and most of the others staying with their intermediates.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson had the third-fastest time of the session on ultrasoft tires, followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on intermediates.

Hamilton remains the favorite to capture his fifth straight pole position at the Australian Grand Prix in qualifying later Saturday. He had the fastest laps on ultrasoft tires in the two practice sessions on Friday, though Verstappen was right behind him.

Verstappen and Vettel both slid on the slick track early in the third practice session, but maintained control and completed their runs without incident.

Verstappen’s teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, had the sixth-fastest time of the session. The Australian’s chances of winning his fifth career Grand Prix on his home track in Melbourne took a hit late Friday when he was assessed a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race.

The Australian driver was penalized for driving too fast under red-flag conditions during Friday’s second practice session because of debris on the track.