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Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015

Alonso, Merhi sustain grid penalties

Fernando Alonso is set to start his 250th Formula 1 race from the back of the grid in Russia after sustaining an array of engine penalties after Honda elected to fit new parts to his car. Honda has used its remaining four upgrade tokens on fitting new parts, focusing on the engine’s combustion chambers, the turbocharger and the MGU-H. Alonso's McLaren has been fitted with a 10th ICE [Internal Combustion Engine], 9th TC, 9th MGU-H and seventh CE [Control Electronics]. Alonso has thus picked up […]

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2015

Merhi accepting of Manor Marussia situation

Roberto Merhi thanked Manor Marussia for his opportunity to race in Formula 1, following the news that Alexander Rossi will replace him for five of the remaining seven races in 2015. Rossi will make his Formula 1 debut this weekend in Singapore though will step back to complete his GP2 season, meaning that Merhi will return to the seat in Russia and Abu Dhabi. "At the beginning of the year they gave me a great chance to be part of the team and be a […]

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015

Merhi ends Formula Renault campaign

Manor Marussia driver Roberto Merhi has opted to call time on his commitments in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series this year. Merhi battled Carlos Sainz Jr. for the title in 2014 and ultimately placed third in the championship, alongside his practice outings for Caterham. Merhi committed to the series this year with Pons Racing but also joined Manor Marussia in Formula 1, though was only initially confirmed for the "opening rounds." Merhi has competed in every race for Manor Marussia this season and consequently has […]

Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2015

Merhi excluded from junior series event

Manor Marussia driver Roberto Merhi has been excluded from the results of this weekend's Formula Renault 3.5 Series round in Austria after triggering a huge crash at the finish. Merhi slowed suddenly as he crossed the line in fourth position at the Red Bull Ring and was collected by rival Nicholas Latifi, who was sent flipping over the back of Merhi's Pons machine. Neither driver was injured in the accident but Merhi, who was demoted to 11th following a separate time penalty for exceeding track […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Manor Marussia hails 'outstanding' driver pairing

Manor Marussia team boss John Booth has praised the attitude and ability of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi, as the 2015 season reaches its halfway point. Stevens made his Grand Prix debut with Caterham at the end of 2014 before moving to Manor Marussia across the winter, while Merhi's Formula 1 experience was limited to selected practice outings with the now-defunct team last year. Booth says that the pair have performed well in difficult circumstances, with Merhi registering the team's best 2015 result at the […]

Posted on Sunday, July 5, 2015

Manor Marussia claims best 2015 result

Manor Marussia driver Roberto Merhi says he was pleased to claim the squad's best result of 2015 as he finished in 12th position at the British Grand Prix. Merhi endured a challenging weekend at Silverstone but stayed out of trouble in the race to secure 12th position as the squad earned its highest finish of the campaign. "I’m so happy to end the team’s home race in 12th position," he said. "To be honest, this had not been the best weekend for me prior to […]

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2015

Manor Marussia hoping for Austria unpredictability

Manor Marussia pair Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi remain hopeful that the squad could spring a surprise at the Austrian Grand Prix, with wet weather anticipated at select points across the remainder of the weekend. The pair occupied 19th and 20th positions in the second practice session, though Stevens was able to set a time within six tenths of compatriot Jenson Button. "Overall it’s been a good start to the weekend and I’m feeling quite positive," said Stevens. "We’ve done some good work with our […]

Posted on Saturday, June 6, 2015

Stevens hoping Manor in the mix

Will Stevens says Manor Marussia must be ready to take advantage of any potential opportunity during the Canadian Grand Prix. Formula 1 races in Montreal have occasionally produced unexpected results and Stevens, who will start the race from 18th position, is wary of such an occurrence. "It wasn’t a bad qualifying for me," he said. "Perhaps I’m a little less comfortable with the balance of the car this weekend, compared with previous races. "I’ve tried to focus on race pace a little more however, so […]

Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015

Merhi boosted by Monaco performance

Manor Marussia driver Roberto Merhi says he was given a boost by his performance in the recent Monaco Grand Prix. Merhi had trailed team-mate Will Stevens across the opening races but beat the Briton to the chequered flag for the first time around the streets of the Principality. Merhi, who endured a troublesome time in Formula Renault 3.5 at the weekend, says he is eager to build on his Monaco result in Canada. "The races are coming thick and fast now and it feels like […]

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015

Merhi looks set to keep Manor seat for now

Roberto Merhi looks set to hang onto his Manor seat at least for another race. While his F1 rivals take the weekend off, 24-year-old Merhi is currently in his native Spain, preparing for the opening race of the Formula Renault 3.5 series. But EFE news agency quoted the Spaniard as indicating he is also expecting to return to the wheel of his Manor car and keep "improving gradually". Merhi also said he hopes Manor "gives me a good car as soon as possible". He has […]

Posted on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Button penalised for Maldonado collision

McLaren driver Jenson Button has been penalised after colliding with Pastor Maldonado during the closing stages of the Chinese Grand Prix. Button and Maldonado were scrapping outside of the top 10 when the Briton clipped the back of his rival under braking for Turn 1. Maldonado retired shortly after the collision while Button went on to finish in 13th position. The race stewards confirmed that Button accepted responsibility and handed him a five second time penalty, which drops him behind Carlos Sainz Jr. in the […]

Posted on Saturday, April 11, 2015

Manor encouraged by further progress

Manor Marussia team principal John Booth says that the squad continues to make good progress after both Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi qualified for the Chinese Grand Prix. Stevens posted a time of 1:42.091 to end the session in 19th position, with Merhi eight-tenths back in 20th. The squad has not fielded two cars in a race since last year's Japanese Grand Prix but Booth is sure that the squad is now making a clear improvement. "Today’s qualifying represents another good step for us, with […]