Marussia 'close' to new engine deal
30 April 2013 – Marussia is edging closer to confirming the identity of its engine supplier for the 2014 Formula 1 campaign, with Technical Director Pat Symonds explaining that Ferrari and Mercedes are the two viable options for the Banbury-based outfit at present.
The team has been searching for a new engine partner prior to the introduction of turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 powerplants next year, with current partner Cosworth previously stating its intentions to leave the sport at the end of the 2013 season.
With Ferrari protege Jules Bianchi securing a last-minute deal to race for the team this season, Symonds admits that relations with the Italian marque have improved.
"It absolutely hasn't done us any harm, it's brought us a little bit closer to Ferrari," said Symonds. "But Ferrari genuinely wants more teams: because everything is so new, I hesitate to call us guinea pigs or anything like that, but it's better to have a few more samples of your product out there, finding out what goes wrong and what's working."