Manor's fate sealed by Brazilian GP blow, says Fitzpatrick


Manor owner Stephen Fitzpatrick says the fate of his Formula 1 team was effectively sealed when rivals Sauber scored points at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Banbury-based outfit announced on Friday that its parent company was being put into administration after failing to find much-needed investment over recent weeks.

And although it has claimed that its talks got as far as a heads-of-term agreement with a group of Asian investors, Fitzpatrick suggests the situation was bleak as soon as it lost 10th place in the constructors' championship at Interlagos.

Having held on to that spot in the standings for much of the season, Manor was overtaken by Sauber when Felipe Nasr scored a ninth-place finish on home ground.

Fitzpatrick said: "When I took over the team in 2015, the challenge was clear; it was imperative that the team finish in 10th place or better in 2016.

"For much of the season we were on track. But the dramatic race in Brazil ended our hopes of this result and ultimately brought into doubt the team's ability to race in 2017."

Journey over

The administrators that have been brought in to try to save the team has admitted that time is short to find a fresh injection of funds.

Fitzpatrick equally seemed downbeat about the situation after claiming time had run out to get things sorted before the start of the season.

"Today's decision to put the team into administration represents a disappointing end to a two year journey for Manor," he said.

"Over much of the last year we have been in discussions with several investor groups, and had finally agreed terms of a sale to an Asian investment consortium in December. This would have provided the team with a strong platform for continued growth and development.

"Unfortunately time ran out before they could complete the transaction. Not wishing to repeat events of the past, we resolved in 2015 not to start any season that we did not know for certain we could complete, so we have taken the difficult decision to put the team's operating company into administration."

A statement from Manor said that the recent investment deal collapsed because an agreement was not possible to get sorted in time not to impact on its 2017 racing plans.

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