Marussia will join fellow F1 straggler Caterham in not racing in Austin next weekend, Bernie Ecclestone has announced.
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The clock is ticking down to struggling F1 backmarker Caterham’s apparent collapse.
With the Saturday freight deadline for sending cars and equipment to Austin now just hours away, staff remain locked out of the Leafield factory while an unseemly spat continues to escalate between the team’s former and current owners.
Caterham is on the brink of collapse, as the backmarker team loses even the support of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
“I think it’s better they go,” said the 83-year-old Briton as the latest developments emerged late on Wednesday. “I don’t want people going around with begging bowls,” Ecclestone told the Sun newspaper in an article credited to business journalist Caroline Reid.
Gene Haas has played down suggestions Bernie Ecclestone could freeze him out of F1 long before his team’s scheduled 2016 debut.
The American might be forgiven if he was alarmed by the F1 supremo’s latest statements, including Ecclestone’s desire for “a formula one with eight teams with three cars each”. And as backmarker Caterham sits on the brink of collapse this week, Ecclestone told The Sun: “I think it’s better they go.
F1’s governing body has formed an ‘accident panel’ in the wake of Jules Bianchi’s life threatening crash.
The news, confirmed in a letter from the FIA to “all F1 teams” this week, follows Marussia angrily hitting back at media reports the team and its French driver were to blame for Bianchi’s crash into a recovery vehicle at Suzuka 11 days ago.
Roberto Merhi and Kamui Kobayashi remain in the dark about how struggling Caterham will tackle the remaining trio of grands prix in 2014.