Manor still considering introducing new car in 2015


Manor Marussia F1 Team is still evaluating whether or not to introduce a new car during the 2015 Formula 1 season, according to founder John Booth.

After collapsing three races before the end of the 2014 season as Marussia F1 Team, Manor returned to the grid this season with minimal updates and improvements to its old car.

The team failed to participate at the Australian Grand Prix, and only managed to get one of its cars running in Malaysia, but has since made great strides and displayed great reliability.

In light of the team’s progression, there have been doubts about the plans to introduce a 2015-spec car at the Belgian Grand Prix in August as originally planned.

Reserve driver Fabio Leimer hinted last month that the team had shelved these plans, but in an interview with the official F1 website, Booth said that the team was still considering its options.

“I think now we’ve got a fairly senior technical management team in place and I think it’s under consideration as to which is the best way forward,” Booth said.

“The end goal is to have the best possible result at the end of 2016 and into 2017. So we need to establish what’s going to be the best way of achieving that.”

Given the pace difference between Manor and the midfield, pouring time and resources into a new car may seem to be a fruitless exercise for the backmarker squad.

However, Booth explained how the upgrades that have been applied to the car in recent weeks have proved that developing the car is important.

“You only have to look at what affect the upgrades had at Silverstone,” he said. “Amazingly every single race we’ve closed the gap to the front, and considering how hard they are pushing at the front it’s amazing!

“So far it’s been done on good, sound engineering principles. The Silverstone upgrades were the first upgrades we’ve brought.”

Manor scored its best result in over a year at Silverstone last weekend as Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens finished 12th and 13th, and the team will be hoping to follow this up at the Hungarian Grand Prix at the end of the month.

Motocross: Chase Sexton to miss Hangtown after midweek practice crash

Sexton Hangtown practice crash
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Chase Sexton announced on Instagram he will sit out this weekend’s Pro Motocross race at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California after a practice crash on Tuesday left him with a concussion.

Sexton’s crash on Tuesday happened during a test session at Fox Raceway.

“Bummed to make this post but I’ll be sitting out this weekend,” Sexton said. “As you guys saw I had a big one during qualifying at Pala, then another one on Tuesday this week that banged me up pretty good. Nothing broken just need a few days to get back to 100%.”

Despite his crash in the first qualification session in Pala, California, Sexton mounted up for both motos and finished second in each race behind his teammate Jett Lawrence, who was making his Motocross debut and won with a pair of first-place finishes. Sexton padded his SuperMotocross points’ lead over the injured Eli Tomac, who is still second in the combined Supercross and Motocross standings despite missing the SX finale at Salt Lake City and the outdoor opener with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Sexton has an advantage of 78 points over Cooper Webb and cannot give up his SMX lead by missing this round.

At stake, however, is the risk of losing ground to Lawrence in the Pro Motocross championship. Sexton currently trails his teammate by six points and is liable to lose significant ground this weekend.

In addition to his concussion, Sexton has also been diagnosed with mononucleosis and the combination of the two conditions caused the team to make the difficult decision to keep him out of the lineup at Hangtown.

“I’m super-bummed to miss this weekend’s race,” Sexton said in a press release. “I feel like I rode well at Pala, and I was really looking forward to Hangtown because it’s a good track for me. Unfortunately, I was already pretty banged up from my qualifying crash on Saturday, and now with mono and Tuesday’s concussion on top of it, I want to do the right thing and hopefully be back on the track soon.”

A return date for Sexton has not yet been announced.

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