Well, that soggy Sunday in Brazil has had some ramifications. Following a meeting of employees at the Banbury base on Friday morning, Manor Racing have once again been placed into administration. Once again, they will need to initiate a great escape if they are to make the grid in Melbourne.
It’s a stark reminder of how F1’s small teams are feeling the pinch under the current regulations.
While 2015 was a year of consolidation for a Manor Marussia squad who were rescued from the brink of collapse, 2016 promises to be a year where the focus can return to performance. As such, a raft of new personnel have been appointed to help propel the backmarkers up the grid. Today, Pat Fry was announced as the latest recruit, set to take up the role of technical consultant.
Yet another recruit with a wealth of experience at the sharp end of proceedings.