F1: Gene Haas among possible bidders at ongoing Marussia auction


Today saw the beginning of a two-day live webcast auction of the assets of the former Marussia Formula One team.

And among the potential bidders for some of those assets is new F1 team owner Gene Haas, who indicated to the Guardian that he was likely to take part in the auction.

In his interview with the Guardian, Haas also noted that he had been looking at several sites in the UK for his team’s European operations.

“We looked at a place in Abingdon [Oxfordshire] and there are several available in that area,” he said. “I guess it might be a possibility to take a look at the Marussia HQ too.”

Main design for the Haas machines will take place in Kannapolis, North Carolina in a campus adjacent to his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series side, Stewart-Haas Racing.

Haas also insisted that his team would avoid the same fate as Marussia (and perhaps Caterham if they’re unable to find a buyer for their team). Early this fall, his team announced a technical partnership with Ferrari.

“If we did it the way Caterham and Marussia did it, we would have the same result so I think we are going to do it differently,” Haas said. “A lot of the teams in the UK build everything themselves.

“They seem to have this English mentality that this is the way it has to be done and that is just not our business model at all.”

Meanwhile, a variety of old Marussia items and memorabilia have already gone on the auction block.

The British Press Association reports notable sales from Day 1 such as: £15,000 for a nose cone from Max Chilton’s former machine; £2,200 for a 2010 steering wheel; £700 for an old fire suit and pair of racing boots of driver Timo Glock; and £100 for a four-pack of team umbrellas.

Day 2 of the webcast auction will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. GMT or 5 a.m. ET here in the States. Assets will also be auctioned through timed online sales that will occur this Thursday and on Jan. 21, 2015.

A notice on the website makes it clear that the Jan. 21 auction will feature Marussia’s 2014 race cars (albeit without their Ferrari engines), 2014 car components and spare parts, 2014 race day pit equipment, and some GP3 race cars as well.