Marussia will use a Ferrari powertrain and gearbox package from 2014, the Anglo-Russian team confirmed today.
Ferrari has been looking for a new customer since it became clear some time ago that Toro Rosso was moving to Renault. Ferrari protégé Jules Bianchi’s presence at Marussia clearly hasn’t hurt the team’s prospects of negotiating a deal.
From the outside the fact that Marussia is a supercar maker appeared to be a potential stumbling block, but clearly that situation has been resolved.
Marussia F1 CEO Andy Webb said: “The importance of this development to our Team cannot be overstated. Not only will we benefit from a customer supply from the most successful engine manufacturer in Formula One’s history, but this also provides further confirmation, if it were needed, of our commitment to the sport and determination to maintain our progression towards our long-term ambitions.
“We look forward to working with Scuderia Ferrari during this exciting new era of Formula One competition.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Cosworth, with whom we have partnered since our debut season in 2010. We have shared an important part of our Team’s journey together and Cosworth have been an integral part of our clear progression. We will continue to work together during the latter half of the season to ensure we all achieve our combined objectives before Cosworth leave the sport.”Ferrari, Formula 1