The 2015 season was a disappointing one for Manor Marussia.
Right from the beginning, the team had problems. There were economic problems from the last race of the 2014 season and all the way up until the first race in Melbourne – a race they didn’t even get prepare for.
The main reason that they were able to be a part of the field was due to Jules Bianchi’s points finish in Monaco so Manor Marussia ended the season ahead of Caterham and Sauber.
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This time around they seem much more prepared for the upcoming season. It was announced a while ago that they would drive with the 2015-edition Mercedes engine and will get Williams’ 2015-edition chassis. So they are effectively getting a championship winning engine and a competitive chassis.
With about two months until the 2016 campaign starts in Melbourne, Manor haven’t yet announced the two drivers who will be their drivers. Even though they are yet to be announced, they have revealed two additions to their paddock. Nikolas Tombazis and Pat Fry will both join the team ahead of the season.
Tombazis joins the team as their new chief aerodynamicist. The 47-year-old has been in and around F1 over the past 23 years with Benetton, McLaren and Ferrari - his recent job - where he spent nine years as their chief designer.
Meanwhile, Fry will become their new engineering consultant. He has a similar wealth of experience after being in the sport since the 1980’s with Benetton, McLaren and Ferrari.
They will be hopeful they can have the best the season in their history following these various changes and additions.
Furthermore, their new car just passed the last crash-test with their new homologated chassis and is now ready for pre-season on the February 22 in Barcelona.