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Top engine, new-spec chassis, Williams AE tech – Manor gearing up for 2016 F1

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Top engine, new-spec chassis, Williams AE tech - Manor gearing up for 2016 F1

Top engine, new-spec chassis, Williams AE tech – Manor gearing up for 2016 F1

Struggling F1 team Manor-Marussia have got a huge boost as they will have Mercedes engines and Williams Advanced Engineering technical partnership for the next season.

Season delayed entry meant Manor has been forced to run a modified 2014-spec car with year-old Ferrari power unit.

But, months following near end, Manor is set to start 2016 F1 season with a top dominating engine, a technical partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering and a 2016-spec chassis.

Manor also prepared to start work in a new factory at Banbury this week, the first time the entire team has been under one roof in nearly a season.

“Ultimately, the strength of the Mercedes-Benz package speaks for itself,” said Manor team principal John Booth.

“I am also pleased to announce that we will resume our prior technical partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, from whom we will receive the supply of transmission and suspension components,” Booth added.

“Combined with Mercedes-Benz power units, we are very excited about the strength of our new powertrain package and what it means for the long-term future of our team.”

Booth said this season had been a “rebuilding year in every aspect of our operation” and that the team had “put in place a strong foundation from which to progress”.

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said:”Manor is a tenacious team with a fantastic competitive spirit, and we are all excited to see what step forward they can make next year with their new car.”

Earlier speaking at the Japanese Grand Prix, Wolff had said,”We like Manor a lot. Because there is a competitive edge to the whole story, that if Manor gets the right chassis and the right engine, it would be a pretty interesting narrative to see how the team develops.”

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