Marussia F1 Team has joined the growing list of Formula 1 teams that will be switching engine manufacturers in preparation for the sport’s change to turbo-charged V6s for the 2014 season. Marussia will be ditching Cosworth, whom they have been partnered with since their debut season in 2010, in favor of Ferrari for 2014 onward.
In accordance with the 2014 regulations, Marussia will be using Ferrari’s 1.6L turbo-charged V6 engine, Energy Recovery System, transmission, and all other supplementary systems. With the addition of Marussia, Ferrari will be supplying engines to three teams in 2014, unless Sauber F1 Team opts to switch manufacturers between then and now. The Italian company’s resources will not be any more stretched than they are now though, as the addition of Marussia is offset by Toro Rosso deciding to partner with Renault from 2014.
Marussia CEO Andy Webb referred to the switch as “further confirmation” of the team’s “commitment to the sport and determination to maintain our progression towards our long-term ambitions.” Prior to the 2013 season Marussia had been in talks with Caterham F1 Team in regards to a possible merger, but it would seem that a partnership with Ferrari means that the team will continue to exist on its own for the foreseeable future. It also means that Cosworth will be out of Formula One.
Marussia’s best finish so far this year has been P13, but with talented young drivers in the cockpit and a Ferrari power-plant the pieces are in place for the team to progress considerably in the future.