Manor to Run Mercedes Power Unit in 2016
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News October 01, 2015
It has been confirmed Mercedes will supply Manor with engines in 2016 after signing a "multi-year supply agreement" with the team.
The imminent Renault takeover of Lotus has freed up a customer supply slot for Mercedes, meaning Manor will switch to the most dominant engines of the current pool for 2016.
Having abandoned work on its 2015 car to focus on next year's model, Manor boss John Booth says the switch to Mercedes will assist the team's "return to aggressive performance development" next season.
"I am delighted to announce our new power unit partnership with Mercedes-Benz for the 2016 season and beyond," Booth said. "Although there were many factors governing our selection of an engine partner to help power us towards our long-term ambitions, ultimately the strength of the Mercedes-Benz package speaks for itself.
"2015 has been a rebuilding year in every aspect of our operation. Although we have not been able to make the incremental strides in competitiveness that the team has enjoyed in previous seasons, we have put in place a strong foundation from which to progress. Together with the potential we are seeing with our 2016 car in the wind tunnel, the Mercedes-Benz Power Unit will assist our return to aggressive performance development with effect from next season."
"I am also pleased to announce that we will resume our prior technical partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, from whom we will receive the supply of transmission and suspension components. Combined with Mercedes-Benz Power Units, we are very excited about the strength of our new powertrain package and what it means for the long-term future of our team."
Andy Cowell managing director of, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, confirmed Manor will get a 2016 power unit next season like its other customers.
"It is a great pleasure to welcome the Manor Marussia F1 Team to our stable of customers at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains. They are a team of real racers with great spirit and impressive determination to succeed. We enjoy strong relationships with all our customer teams, and take pride in delivering a standard of hardware and service that reflects the high standards that Mercedes-Benz stands for.
"Furthermore, this new agreement should enable us to keep our supply roster at three customer teams for 2016, which is our ideal level in terms of technical and logistical capacity. We will be targeting gains in both performance and reliability for the 2016 Power Unit and look forward to delivering those to our new customers at Manor Marussia F1 Team."