I always thought he took the pay off in order to take the public fall. That was certainly a low point in Lewis’ career – and proof that even the good guys will do bad things when they’re in a tough spot. Ryan got paid a lot to leave quietly and he’s spoken about very well at McLaren.
Nice to see him back again. Given the years he had spent with McLaren I’ve always thought they treated him very poorly in 2009. Okay – it cost McLaren a third or fourth place and a bit of an issue with the stewards, but he’d been there for about 35 years and people have done far worse things in that team. I also don’t believe Lewis was as innocent as he made out in his apology press conference at the next race.
This is a welcome development, but even so, Manor’s situation seems quite precarious to me.
It’s clear that Ecclestone’s comments regarding Fitzpatrick’s inability to own this team for an indefinite period are proving at least somewhat correct – as he is in negotiations to sell some/all of the ownership of Manor to Tavo Hellmund.
That could prove disastrous.
Hellmund’s inclination to put Earnhardt Jr in one of the seats is nothing more than a press stirrer that I place no stock in whatsoever. But putting Alexander Rossi in one of the seats, however well he has performed, is equally problematic.
Clearly, any arrangement with Mercedes for supply of their powerplant must carry with it some sort of provision that Mercedes can name the drivers occupying those race seats. And it is equally clear that Mercedes wants Wehrlein in one of them (and Wolff has made it clear that Mercedes does not wish to be asked to heavily-subsidize that seat).
I have to believe that Mercedes will want a known quantity in that second seat to serve as a reliable yardstick to gauge Wehrlein’s performance against. That would strongly suggest Kevin Magnussen who matched and often beat Jenson Button in 2014.
I strongly suspect it is the prospect of Hellmund’s buy-in – and the subsequent scuppering of the Mercedes deal that could result from it – that had Lowdon and Booth in a rush to pack their bags.
I have the feeling that Mr Lowden and Mr Booth thought they were part of the Manor “rescue” team and that hence it would always be so. Unfortunately for them the last person that rode into town is no fool and anyone that thinks they cant be replaced are doomed to fail.
Davy Ryan, and possibly Alexander Wertz, are of a very high level and they probably have a lot of respect for Mr Fitzpatrick, perhaps more than the previous incumbents, so I don’t think it will be a case of “meet the new boss, same as the old boss” I don’t think anyone spending any sort of F1 money is going to just stay being a nice small team. Whoever Manor find in the cars next year they will be driving for a very different situation than what has gone before. Sorry to be so blunt, but even F1 minnow’s are hard nosed people these days.
Their polite but firm no comment attitude reflects well on them and their desire to stir the situation in the media. One can only assume the situation at Manor is still fragile and I suspect both Booth and Loudon want the best for the team and the employees. Keeping a low profile and lettign the owner get on with it seems in everyones best interests to me.
it wsant them that owed the money it was russian owner who treated tghem and team very poorly. if it wasnt for those two theyd have got nothing at all as they owed no-one nothing as employees. Manor have cleared a lot of their debt upto now i believe.
a bit off theme but anyway. What i like about Manor this year is drivers. Giving a CHANCE! They had Will Stephens which was a known amount, not too god, not too bad, and then they introduced few new kids! Rossi despite being 3 meters taller than STE beat him all square and on the other hand he – STE had Mehri for company for few races and apart from grid girls MER impressed nobody i guess,…Either way we have to THANK ManorMarussia for bringing in some Young talent as we do to thank ToroRoso/RedBull.
I wonder if we will ever know who was told to say what in the affair that lead to Ryan leaving McLaren ; I always felt that Trulli was economical with the truth and that lead to McLaren trying to get back what they felt was rightfully theirs ..no excuse I know but something I can understand !
I for one couldn’t cast the first stone