Marussia confirm merger talks with Caterham

The Formula One team Marussia has confirmed it has held merger

talks with rival Caterham in the latest sign of the financial

struggles faced by the smaller teams on the grid.

Graeme Lowdon, Marussia president and sporting director, said

Friday that ”talks took place” but were not ongoing.

Caterham also confirmed the Christmas 2012 discussion, but

spokesman Tom Webb said no deal was reached because ”it was soon

clear that a mutually beneficial solution could not be achieved,”

adding it had less to gain from the move, since it has several blue

chip sponsors.

Marussia won no points in 2012 and continues to endure financial

difficulties. It made headlines earlier this year when Timo Glock

left in a cost-cutting move, replaced by a driver who could bring

in sponsorship dollars.