Two teams have been confirmed as missing the next race in the United States, as both Caterham and Marussia have gone into administration. Caterham went first, having been in trouble for a few months now. A row sprang up between the current owners and previous owner Tony Fernandes, with both blaming each other for the team’s demise, and Fernandes going so far as to suggest their sale contract had been voided by the new owners not paying their debts.
Meanwhile, Marussia went about their business with far less fuss, and it was only confirmed today that the team have indeed gone into administration. FOM chief Bernie Ecclestone has given both teams dispensation not to race for two events, leaving just Abu Dhabi remaining, but whether either will return is debatable. A statement from Marussia’s administrators said: “The team’s participation in those races will depend on the outcome of the administration process and any related negotiations with interested parties in what is a very limited window of opportunity.”
With both teams ruled out of the next race, there will be only an 18 car grid for the US Grand Prix.
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