Manor F1 hinted last weekend their financial ruin was spared for another year despite dropping to last place in the constructors championship in 2016.
Sources suggest that the Mexican promoter Tavo Hellmund is the mystery backer hinted at in Abu Dhabi by Manor.
Hellmund is well known in the paddock and has had a major hand in returning F1 to Mexico. The ex racer also deals with the US GP in Austin and is a good friend with Mr E.
Indeed it seems Mr E’s well known self professed duty to keep a Brazilian in F1 has a part to play in the deal. Ever since the death of Senna, Ecclestone has given that particular nation special attention. Several occasions the second hand car salesman from East Anglia has made deals to ensure the South American country has had represented in F1 and 2017 will be no different.
Felipe Nasr’s tenure at Sauber has run its course but his career in F1 hasn’t fully been extinguished. Manor will likely run the Brazilian driver along with Hellmunds fellow countryman, Esteban Gutierrez.
Expect the Swedish flat-pack giant IKEA colour scheme to grace the cars at the back in 2017 should Nasr’s sponsor remain onboard.