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?”