Ferrari set to supply engines to Manor F1 Team in 2015

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Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has confirmed that Ferrari has verbally agreed to supply Manor F1 Team with its 2014 power unit for the new season.

Manor operated as Marussia F1 Team until last autumn, when financial difficulties caused the team to collapse and eventually fall into administration.

However, an enormous effort by the team’s former management has allowed the company to exit administration as it bids to reach the grid in 2015.

Although there are still a number of hurdles standing between Manor/Marussia and a comeback, Arrivabene confirmed in a press conference today that Ferrari has verbally agreed to power the team with last season’s power unit.

“We said to them yesterday that we are going to supply them with the 2014 engine,” Arrivabene said. “There is nothing in writing at the moment, but our answer at the moment is yes.”

Arrivabene also confirmed that Ferrari reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez will conduct a filming day for the team in Barcelona next week, and said that the team will consider giving him a run-out during practice for the Mexican Grand Prix in November.

“Next week he is going to do a filming day and is going to run in Barcelona,” Arrivabene said. “Concerning the grand prix in Mexico, I think Esteban is going to be the star there.

“Maybe we can give him the chance to do some laps on Friday. I’m not sure because it depends on how we’re performing at that time in the season, but why not?”

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.