Manor cars to feature new blue branding after announcing partnership with Flex Box

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Manor Marussia F1 Team has announced a new partnership with shipping and storage container manufacturer and supplier Flex Box ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

After collapsing as Marussia F1 Team at the end of 2014 before being saved thanks to fresh investment and revived under the Manor name, the British team has made considerable strides in its bid to move up the field.

June brought the announcement of a sponsorship deal with Airbnb and the arrival of a number of key staff including Bob Bell, Luca Rabatto, Gianluca Pisanello and Fabio Leimer.

As part of its on-going rebuilding and growth, Manor has today confirmed a partnership with Flex Box that will see the Hong Kong-based company’s logos appear on the sidepods of the team’s cars, turning them blue for the remainder of the season.

“We are very pleased to welcome Flex Box to the Manor Marussia F1 Team,” team principal John Booth said. “We are two very ambitious businesses, aspiring to dramatic growth on the international stage and making a major impact in our respective industries.

“This is our second partnership announcement in just a few weeks, so these are exciting times in our team’s development. It is very rewarding for us to be able to welcome likeminded brands to join us on that journey and assist them in achieving their own global objectives.”

In a rather nice coincidence, the arrival of Flex Box’s blue branding means that the Manor cars are now red, white and blue ahead of the British Grand Prix weekend – the colors of the national Union Jack flag.

Manor driver Will Stevens will be racing at home for the first time in his F1 career this weekend, and he is looking forward to what he expects to be a race to remember.

“I’m really looking forward to this race,” he said. “I have been for a long time.

“Clearly for us, growing up we watch this race and have come to it for many years. So, to be here for my first home grand prix is really exciting. Can’t wait to get out there on Friday and see everybody around the circuit.”

Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”