• F1’s smallest team switch from Cosworth for 2014
• ‘Importance to team cannot be overstated,’ says Marussia chief
The little and large of Formula One will be working alongside each other next season after Marussia announced they will use a Ferrari engine in 2014, when the 1.6-litre V6 power units will be introduced. It will make for an intriguing partnership between the smallest and biggest teams in F1.
“The importance of this development to our team cannot be overstated,” said Marussia’s Andy Webb. “Not only will we benefit from a customer supply from the most successful engine manufacturer in F1’s history but this also provides further confirmation, if it were needed, of our commitment to the sport and determination to maintain our progression towards our long-term ambitions.”
The chief executive added: “The new powertrain regulations being introduced next year represent the most substantial engine development within the sport since the introduction of the V8 and are all the more significant for the increased contribution of the energy recovery system. We look forward to working with Scuderia Ferrari during this exciting new era of F1 competition.”
The partnership will see Ferrari supply Marussia with gearboxes and other technical systems but Marussia’s hand was forced. Their engines have been supplied by Cosworth since 2010 but Cosworth will not have a 1.6-litre V6 in place for next year.
Webb said: “We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Cosworth, with whom we have worked since our debut season. We have shared an important part of our team’s journey.”
Marussia will continue their deal with McLaren, who provide aerodynamic facilities, including a wind tunnel.
This has been the most impressive season in F1 for Marussia – despite their comparatively meagre resources they have been competitive from the back of the grid. But they have lost the services of consultant Pat Symonds, who has joined struggling Williams as chief technical officer, replacing Mike Coughlan. Williams have not won a point in nine races.
Symonds was banned from F1 for five years after being found guilty of fixing the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008, when Nelson Piquet Jr deliberately crashed to help team-mate Fernando Alonso win.