From the mid 2014, Manor is a team in continuous movement. Financial Crisis, bankruptcy, near-demise, rebirth, participation in the world championship 2015, and reconstruction. The last of those movements is the progress of John Booth, team leader, and Graeme Lowdon, athletic director. The former McLaren, Dave Ryan, will be the substitute of Lowdon, but for the moment there is no successor to Booth. Manor was intended to be done with the services of Alexander Wurz, and the owner of the team, Stephen Fitzpatrick, we did get an offer to join the team at the end of this season. However, as informs Motorsport, Wurz has rejected the position, and Manor there is not another to continue looking for a team leader.
Wurz, 41, has announced that he will retire from racing after the test of the Endurance World Championship (WEC) which is held on the circuit of Sakhir this weekend, the 6 Hours of Bahrain, career in which he already won last year’s edition. There, the austrian will end a career of 25 years, including four full seasons in Formula 1 (1998, 1999, 2000 and 2007), in addition to other careers in 1997 and 2005. Since 2014 he is president of the Pilots Association (GPDA), and has rejected, according to the BBC, join Manor: “After a period of reflection, I have informed Stephen Fitzpatrick that I have taken the decision not to put myself at the disposal of the Manor”. He praised the movements of the owner, but not part of the project: “Stephen made a smart move to buy the team, and his partnership for 2016, with Williams and Mercedes proves that it is serious and ambitious about the future of the team”.
Now the Manor has to find a team leader, even though Fitzpatrick says he does not have offered the place to anyone: “we have Not offered the position of ‘team principal’ to anyone, but I’ve been talking with a lot of people and asking for advice. I have asked many things to many people.”. One of the names that also has sounded is the of Martin Whitmarsh after his departure from McLaren. You acknowledge that you have contacted the owner of the Manor, but states that is not intended to be the head of the team: “I’m Not looking for a role of leader in Formula 1. So I would say ‘no’ if you offer me”. The team for which he has flown Roberto Merhi, this year has also not announced their drivers, although this aspect does not have such a hurry: in the own Merhi Will Stevens Alexander Rossi have where to choose from, in addition to the pilot’s indonesian GP2 Rio Haryanto and another applicant as Kevin Magnussen, who has been released from McLaren-Honda.