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Marussia to miss Austin also

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25/10/2014

Only 18 cars will line up on the grid in Austin next week as Bernie Ecclestone confirms that Marussia will miss the United States GP also.

Less than 24 hours after the F1 supremo gave Caterham permission to miss the next two races (United States and Brazil), due to its ongoing situation, Marussia is also to miss the American event.

"Neither of those two teams are going to go to America," he told Reuters.

With the FOM air package due to head to Austin today (Saturday), it is likely that in missing Austin Marussia will therefore miss Brazil as the two events are back-to-back due to their proximity on the other side of the Atlantic.

Marussia, which is still reeling following Jules Bianchi's accident at Suzuka, is also understood to be in financial difficulty, though it has yet to comment on Ecclestone's revelation and has failed to respond to requests for confirmation, or a denial, of its situation when contacted by Pitpass.

Other than giving Sauber the opportunity to score some points - if only due to the potential of a high attrition rate, particularly in Brazil, Marussia's absence means Alexander Rossi will not to get to make his F1 race debut.

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1. Posted by nonickname, 26/10/2014 20:17

"I hopenhe become a bullfighter...he is the only one with the balls to do it."

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2. Posted by MrShadow, 26/10/2014 8:24

"Does this mean Alonso stays with Ferrari as there will be three cars?"

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3. Posted by Paul C, 25/10/2014 21:20

"Ridiculous. Three car teams here we come!"

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4. Posted by MaximumF1, 25/10/2014 14:39

"Now that Constructor's championship has been won, and the Driver's Championship is down to Nico and Lewis, what is the point of the others turning up? May as well make it a two horse race.

This is getting ridiculous. Whilst I know that these Marussia and Caterham are not major draw cards to events, but they do have fans. I'm sure many others like myself, plan quite some time in advance to attend these events. If you purchased your ticket because you were a Kobayashi fan, bad luck I guess. I thought the teams had contracts to ensure that the show must go on? If they can no longer afford it, then the FOM should foot their bill (Doesn't DHL have a contract to move the teams around anyway?). Bernie in his infinite wisdom approved the entry of these teams based on sound selection process, then if the cast of his show can't afford it, the the responsibility should become his.

The case for three car teams is getting stronger. So over the next few years we are going to see the calendar be pushed out to more than 20 races. I wonder if the minnows will attend all the events."

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5. Posted by vins0n, 25/10/2014 12:27

"Unbelieveable."

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