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Manor F1 to lose bosses John Booth and Graeme Lowdon

Manor F1 to lose bosses John Booth and Graeme Lowdon

Manor is losing its most prominent bosses, the Telegraph newspaper reports on Friday.

Correspondent Daniel Johnson said founder John Booth, and deputy Graeme Lowdon, “have resigned” and will step down at the end of the year.

That is despite the former Marussia team surviving the near collapse of last winter, and inking technical collaborations with Mercedes and Williams for 2016.

“This year has been very much about getting back to really where we were probably about a year and a half ago,” Lowdon said earlier this month.

“Looking to the future I think we’ve got a chance to level the playing field a little bit and try to get back into the pack and really start racing again.”

But, reporting from Mexico, the Telegraph said tension has been brewing between Booth and Lowdon and Stephen Fitzpatrick, the British millionaire who rescued Manor ahead of the 2015 season.

Johnson said Booth and Lowdon could move to the world of Le Mans sports cars.

A team spokesperson would not comment.

Meanwhile, Force India owner Vijay Mallya on Friday said the ongong incarceration of Subrata Roy, chief of title sponsor Sahara, is not affecting the team.

“There is no issue at all,” he told the Press Trust of India. “I feel very sorry for Subrata Roy but this unfortunate situation is not affecting the team in any way.”

Mallya said the fact Force India has filed a complaint about F1’s income distribution with the European Commission is also not a sign that the team is struggling.

“We would not be here if it did not make financial sense,” he insisted. “All we are saying is that it has to make better financial sense.” (GMM)

JOHN BOOTH

John’s racing career began in 1977, and by 1979 he had won his first race at Oulton Park – racing with the late, great Ayrton Senna. John retired from motorsport racing in 1989 and in 1990 Manor Motorsport was born.

After considerable successes in Formula Renault, and later Formula 3, the next obvious step was FORMULA 1 and in 2009, when the FIA opened the door to four new contenders, Manor submitted an entry for the 2010 season

GRAEME LOWDON

Graeme graduated from the University of Sheffield with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering, and then earned an MBA from the University of Newcastle.

Graeme co-founded a business which became a pioneer in the market for delivering rapid data communications to high speed vehicles and in 2000 joined Manor Motorsport as commercial director, became CEO in 2009, and then President & Sporting Director; a position he continues to hold at the revived Team.

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