Marussia
Jul 24

Back in business: American F1 driver trades Caterham suit for Marussia one

American Alexander Rossi has been named reserve driver for the Marussia F1 Team. (Photo courtesy Marussia)

American racer Alexander Rossi has been named reserve driver for the Marussia F1 Team. (Photo courtesy Marussia)

Alexander Rossi has been named reserve driver of Marussia having left arch rivals Caterham just before the recent German GP.

The team says that Rossi will step in if one of the other drivers has a problem, and he will also do some FP1 sessions – which means that he will probably be seen in action in Austin.

May 25

F1: Bianchi gives Marussia first-ever points

The Marussia F1 team celebrate with French driver Jules Bianchi who scored two points for his ninth place finish in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix. (Photo courtesy Marussia F1 team)

The Marussia F1 team celebrate with French driver Jules Bianchi who scored two points for his ninth place finish in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix. (Photo courtesy Marussia F1 team)

Jules Bianchi earned the Marussia team its first-ever points with a superb ninth place in the Monaco GP – in the team’s fifth season.

Bianchi actually finished eighth on the road, but he had a five second penalty added to his race time, which dropped him behind Romain Grosjean.

May 13

F1: Max Chilton, Marussia fastest in Monday test

Max Chilton drives during last weekend's Spanish GP en route to a 19th place finish. (Photo: Getty Images)

Max Chilton drives during last weekend’s Spanish GP en route to a 19th place finish. (Photo: Getty Images)

Rain meant that F1 testing action got off to a slow start in Barcelona today, and once the track had dried out in the afternoon there was a surprise as Max Chilton set the fastest time of the day for Marussia.

The Briton was trying the supersoft tire – which will be used in Monaco – in qualifying trim, while rivals had very different objectives. Nevertheless it was a nice confidence boost for a team that has outpaced rivals Caterham recently.

May 5

Formula 1 could axe Friday morning practice to cut costs

Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan is pushed back into the garage during the third practice session of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15, 2014.  IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE   AFP PHOTO / Paul CROCK        (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi is pushed into the garage during final practice for the 2014 Australian Grand Prix. (Photo: Paul Crock/Getty Images)

F1 could axe Friday morning practice sessions next year, as teams consider how to cut costs in the absence of a mandatory budget cap.

Although keenly supported by the small teams, and championed by FIA president Jean Todt, the 2015 budget cap was vetoed by the powerful ‘Strategy Group’ teams including grandees Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes.