The news of Pat Symonds leaving Marussia is a difficult pill to swallow but then signing a deal with Ferrari for 2014 as the engine supplier helps take the sting out of the situation and according to Marussia, it signals the teams commitment to be in Formula One long-term. Team CEO Andy Webb said:
“The Marussia F1 Team is delighted to be entering into a technical partnership with Scuderia Ferrari for the supply of a full powertrain from 2014,” 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.
“The new powertrain regulations being introduced next year represent the most substantial engine development within the sport since the introduction of the V8 formula and are all the more significant for the increased contribution of the Energy Recovery System. We look forward to working with Scuderia Ferrari during this exciting new era of Formula One competition.”
With Toro Rosso parting company with Ferrari for Renault engines, the Italian team were keen to get another team and Marussia fit the bill. Now if Marussia can a commercial agreement signed with Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone and still have some cash left over for operations, 2014 could look a little brighter even without Pat Symonds.