Marussia is suing Marussia… err… Manor.
This week Autosport reports that Marussia (Motors) and Manor are in a trademark dispute over the 2015 Formula 1 team’s name. It seems that Marussia licensed the trademark to Manor to use as its Formula 1 team name but only until the end of 2014. Which means that Manor used the Marussia name during 2015 without authorisation. This of course was necessary because of the dwarf’s seemingly nonsensical naming rules for F1 teams, whereas by changing name without consent from the commercial rights holder a team would stand to lose the right to receive prize money based on previous seasons.
The only pending question is who is indeed suing Manor? Marussia Motors, the Russian sports car manufacturer, was disbanded in 2014 and no longer exists… So could it be Mr Putin scraping the bottom of the barrel for additional finances, given the continuing Western sanctions imposed on Russia for its Ukrainian indiscretions? I jest of course, but indeed it seems a mystery.
Let the jury discuss…..