Manor F1 to decide fate on new car soon

Manor F1 sporting director Graeme Lowdon recently gave some indication that the team may choose to finish the season without a new car, saying that a decision will be made in the “next few weeks.”

The team entered this season with a 2014 car modified to fit this season’s regulations.

Rumors swirled at the possibly Manor F1 could bring a new 2015 car to the Belgian Grand Prix, but following a recent interview with the media Lowdon has stated the possibility to do otherwise:

“I think over the next few weeks we have some fairly key decisions to make. The landscape is getting a bit clearer now, in terms of who we are competing against and what we need to do. It is becoming a lot clearer. We will do whatever is the right thing for the company.”

The season has not been the easiest for Manor F1, after exiting administration at the start of 2015 the team continues to try to find its footing.

Lowdon also confirmed that much of the decision with the new car hinges on the decision of new technical consultant Bob Bell.

“We are bringing people on board all the time who will have an input in to the decision-making process,” said Lowdon. “And there is no point having a dog and then barking yourself. So there is no point hiring these people and then telling them this is the tactical plan.

“There is no hard and fast route. There is nothing saying we definitely cannot have a different engine or a different chassis. Everything is open and whatever the right answer is, that is what we will do. But bear in mind that some of the people who can make a big impact in to that answer are just getting on board.”

Image: Manor Grand Prix Racing Ltd

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Joey Barnes is the Founder of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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