Marussia tells fans to “buckle up and enjoy the ride” as comeback bid begins

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The last few days have been something of a rollercoaster for Marussia F1 Team. After confirming earlier this week that it would be exiting administration thanks to fresh investment, the team was then denied permission to use its 2014 car by the F1 Strategy Group, appearing to end its hopes of racing in 2015.

However, the team – set to be known as Manor Grand Prix – responded by issuing a statement that refuted Force India’s claims and outlined its plans to reach the grid in 2015.

The Anglo-Russian outfit had been blighted by financial problems in 2014, culminating in its collapse following the Russian Grand Prix in October. It missed the final three races of the year after entering administration.

Plenty of hard work over the winter has helped the team to secure a fresh injection of investment that could yet result in it returning to F1 at some point in the next few months, thus boosting the grid to ten teams once again following the collapse of Caterham earlier this week.

Having not tweeted since October 17th, the official Marussia F1 Team Twitter account burst back into life last night, responding to the outpouring of support from F1 fans.

Team boss Graeme Lowdon also sent out a tweet thanking the entire Marussia team and the fans supporting its comeback, having called the bid to survive “a fantastic good news story for the whole sport”.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.