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Manor Formula 1 assets to be sold at auction

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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.

McLaren almost back on schedule with 2018 F1 car after delay

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McLaren is almost back on schedule with its 2018 Formula 1 car development after losing two weeks due to a delay in deciding on its engine supplier, according to racing director Eric Boullier.

McLaren confirmed back in September it would be cutting ties with Honda at the end of the year after three difficult seasons, favoring a switch to Renault power units.

The decision was not taken lightly by McLaren, causing it to lose two weeks in the development of next year’s car, but Boullier confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the team is almost back on-track.

“Maybe we made the decision to change the engine manufacturer two weeks too late for our schedule, but these two weeks have almost been recovered,” Boullier said.

“Any big decisions are always difficult to take. The concept of McLaren winning with Honda was a dream for everybody, yes – it was a beautiful story.

“Today we have huge respect for them and we definitely don’t divorce with fights and screams and finger pointing. We are all very professional – and in the end it was a business decision, which they understand.

“There is a sadness that it didn’t work out like we wanted. McLaren-Honda in terms of brands was a good fit – in terms of results it didn’t work.

“That’s what it is in the end. Now we have to see that we get back to competitiveness – back to the top!”