The administrator for Manor Grand Prix, the company behind Marussia F1, has confirmed that the organisation has ceased trading. The employees will be made redundant.
The news comes after a last ditch effort to save the team, including a visit by CEO Graeme Lowdon to the Austin paddock, failed to pay off.
The team is known to owe a substantial sum to Ferrari for its 2014 power unit supply – with some sources putting it at $28m.
A 2015 entry had been posted under the Manor name because failure to do would have made it even harder to save the team.
It’s understood that Andrey Cheglakov put £185m into the team over the last four years, and he is left with nothing to show for his investment.
A statement said: With the existing shareholder unable to provide the required level of funding and the Company’s senior management team subsequently being unable to bring in new investment, the Company was placed into administration to protect the best interests of the underlying businesses. The staff had been paid in full up until the end of October.
Regrettably since the appointment of administrators no investment has been secured in the limited time available to continue the Company in its present form. With no sustainable operational or financial structure in place to maintain the Group as a going concern, the joint administrators have now ceased trading Marussia F1 Team and unfortunately have had to make the remaining staff redundant.
“Whilst the team made significant progress during its relatively short period of operation, operating a F1 team requires significant ongoing investment,” said Geoff Rowley, joint administrator. “The Group was put into administration last month following a shortfall in on-going funding and the administration process provided a moratorium to allow for attempts to secure a long term viable solution for the Company within in a very limited time-frame. Sadly no solution could be achieved to allow for the business to continue in its current form. We would like to thank all the staff for their support during this difficult process.
“As joint administrators our immediate focus will be to assist staff who have lost their jobs and provide them with the necessary support to submit timely claims to the Redundancy Payments Service.
“The team will not be participating in the two further rounds of the 2014 championship remaining, in Sao Paulo and Abu Dhabi. The joint administrators will continue with their statutory duties to realise the assets of the business in the best interests of all the creditors.”