Strategy Group rejects Marussia request to run 2014 F1 car

Marussia's hopes of returning to the Formula 1 grid have suffered a blow after a request to run its 2014 car this season did not get the backing it needed

Strategy Group rejects Marussia request to run 2014 F1 car

AUTOSPORT understands that during a meeting of F1's Strategy Group in Paris on Thursday, Marussia did not receive the unanimous support from rival teams required to be allowed to run an older car.

The decision means the team's participation is unlikely in 2015, for it is too late for Marussia to build a bespoke car to the new nose and updated safety regulations.

The big teams had previously suggested they would be willing to consider allowing the team dispensation to run last year's car if it helps it back into F1.

But amid a fight for more revenue, smaller outfits were not so happy with a plan that would make them miss out on receiving a share of Marussia's commercial rights income.

It emerged earlier this week that operating team Manor had paid its 2015 entry fee and revealed plans to exit administration later this month.

Administrators had revealed that a long term plan to rescue the outfit is progressing well enough for it to enter a Company Voluntary Arrangement on February 19.

Earlier on Thursday it was announced that the assets of Caterham, which joined the championship as Lotus in 2010 alongside Marussia (then Virgin), had been put up for sale.

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