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Marussia in engine talks with Ferrari and Mercedes

Mar 29, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

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Marussia have admitted that switching to either Mercedes or Ferrari engines for 2014 is the “obvious” move, and that they hope to confirm a deal in the near future.

Currently, Marussia are powered by Cosworth, who are withdrawing from Formula One at the end of the season, meaning that the team will require a new engine supplier. As the Anglo-Russian outfit continues to make big strides forward, a more competitive and renowned engine supplier appears to be the next step.

“It’s obvious that with the departure of Cosworth then we can choose between Ferrari and Mercedes. We’ll talk with both,” confirmed Marussia chief executive Andy Webb.

Webb did recognize that the change would see a rise in costs, with Cosworth traditionally being the ‘cost effective’ choice of engine supplier.

“It is clear that the price will be an important factor, because the cost will be significantly higher than the current engines.”

However, negotiations already appear to be in progress, with Webb happily giving a time scale to Russian publication Championat.

“We need to make sure we choose the right partner. I hope to be able to announce our decision in the next four weeks.”

Ferrari are thought to be leading the race to supply Marussia as they seek a new customer for 2014, having missed out on a deal with Force India who extended their contract with Mercedes. It is rumored that part of the deal for Ferrari Driver Academy member Jules Bianchi to race for Marussia in 2013 included a clause for Ferrari engines, but the team may opt to work with Mercedes if the German manufacturer can offer a better deal.

  1. apexassassin - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Well Merc are more expensive than Ferrari, mainly because they sell the power unit (engine + ERS) and gearbox and the hydraulics as a package deal. Both Merc and Ferrari have strong ties to Russia and Bianchi might be too fast for Alonso to allow him to join Ferrari, so maybe Fezza will offer Marussia a sweet deal to pacify Bianchi and keep him from joining a rival like Checo did. Also muddying the waters is Marussia’s technical partnership with Mclaren.

    Still surprised no one is whispering about a Honda connection… unless Honda don’t want their triumphant return to be a joke supplying just one backmarker, lol. Honda has been trying to get approved for a Russian assembly plant too… just saying.

    Honda is ready for 2014, and reported they’ve saigned a contract with Mclaren that is currently ready to begin in 2015 to Autosport. In the same article Honda also said if Mclaren weren’t ready in 2014 they would look to come in with another team. Lotus? Sauber? Williams? all seem to be set with their current suppliers but if they price is right… contracts are made to be broken.

    Mclaren are contracted through 2014 with Merc and have an option for 2015.

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