Marussia’s application to run its 2014 car this season was rejected by the F1 Strategy Group because it lacked substance and had compliance issues, according to Force India team principal Robert Fernley.
It’s understood that one of the compliance issues related to the fact that the letter came from team CEO Graeme Lowdon, and not from the administrator, as should have been the case.
The brief letter also contained little or no information about the team’s future plans, such as a possible new owner or investor, or any intention to ready a 2015 car. As such some of those present at the meeting did not believe that the team had a chance of mounting a credible entry into the 2015 championship.
In order to grant permission to Marussia, unanimity was required. Force India was the first to vote, and as soon as the team responded with a ‚No‘ in effect…
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