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.
The plot thickened on day three in Barcelona as surprising names appeared at the top of the timesheet. Nico Hulkenberg put Force India on top with an impressive time on the supersoft tyre just three tenths short of Vettel’s ultrasoft benchmark posted yesterday. Meanwhile, Haas cemented what has been a very positive start to life in the sport by finishing the day second.
Here are five things we learnt from today’s running…
It’s been F1’s worst kept secret this winter. Rio Haryanto will make his debut in Melbourne, as he has scooped up the final seat on the 2016 grid, easing Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi out of their seats at Manor. The Indonesian brings significant sponsorship money to the table and therefore, faces a fight to hold off the pay driver tag. With three GP2 victories to his name, he certainly has potential.