October 1st appears to be a day of resolution. Jenson is in at McLaren for next year and Manor F1 have announced they will be supplied by Mercedes with power units for 2016.
“Following the conclusion of a multi-year supply agreement, Manor Marussia F1 Team will race with Mercedes-Benz Hybrid power from the 2016 season onwards,” a website statement reveals.
“Since the introduction of the new Power Unit generation in 2014, the Mercedes-Benz Hybrid has set the competitive benchmark in the sport, claiming to date a total of 27 wins and 2,208 world championship points”.
“Under the terms of the agreement, Manor Marussia F1 Team will be supplied with Mercedes-Benz Power Units by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) based in Brixworth, UK.
The Power Unit will use Fluid Technology Solutions developed by PETRONAS, the technology partner of Mercedes-Benz. Under the agreement, Manor Marussia F1 Team will be supplied with current-year Power Units throughout the term”.
Given the talk of how important harmonic fuel/fluid solutions are in optimising the engine, this will be particularly interesting as Williams will now be the only Mercedes powered car not using Petronas as the fuel and fluid supplier.
John Booth, Team Principal, Manor Marussia F1 Team says: “I am delighted to announce our new Power Unit partnership with Mercedes-Benz for the 2016 season and beyond. 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.
Manor F1 have been using a 2014 Ferrari engine this year and given the gains Ferrari have made in their power unit been at an extreme disadvantage to other teams.
The team will continue to acquire transmission and suspension components from Williams Advanced Engineering.
“We are very excited about the strength of our new powertrain package and what it means for the long-term future of our team,” concludes Booth.
Given the current FIA regulations, a power unit manufacturer can only supply four teams. Toto Wolff explains, the uncertainty of Lotus’ current situation has led Mercedes to decide on supplying Manor F1 instead of the Enstone team.
“Mercedes-Benz has a clear Formula One philosophy based around our works Silver Arrows team and supplying benchmark Power Units to independent customer teams. We believe this approach provides Formula One with greater strength in depth and ensures a deeper level of competitiveness throughout the field.
“In anticipation of Renault’s takeover of the Lotus F1 Team, we are pleased to announce Manor Marussia as a new customer of Mercedes-Benz. It is a tenacious team with a fantastic competitive spirit, and we are all excited to see what step forward they can make next year with their new car coupled with the Mercedes-Benz Hybrid Power Unit.”