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Marussia also in danger of missing US GP - reports

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Oct 24, 2014, 3:29 PM

F1's grid may have shrunk to just 18 cars by the time of the US Grand Prix next weekend.

Max Chilton, Marussia F1 Team MR03
Max Chilton, Marussia F1 Team and members of the team show their support for Jules Bianchi on the grid
The Marussia F1 Team MR03 of Jules Bianchi, sits prepared, but not racing, in the pit garage
Graeme Lowdon, Marussia F1 Team Chief Executive Officer in the FIA Press Conference
Marussia F1 Team mechanic carries the #JB17 hashtag as a message of support for Jules Bianchi
Jules Bianchi, Marussia F1 Team

Not only Caterham

Caterham's troubles - with administrators locking the green cars inside the Leafield factory amid an unseemly spat with former owner Tony Fernandes - are now well documented.

But authoritative publications are now claiming that the similarly struggling backmarker Marussia, rocked recently by Jules Bianchi's life-threatening Suzuka crash, is also in danger of having its engines silenced.

Michael Schmidt, the highly respected correspondent for Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, claims the team has been living "hand to mouth" since August's Belgian Grand Prix, where Max Chilton almost sat out the race due to "contractual issues".

"We have now learned that another cash injection is required so that the team can make the trip to Austin and Sao Paulo," Schmidt said.

"This is happening while the owner Andrey Cheglakov wants to sell."

Unpaid bills

Russia's Championat and Germany's Auto Bild are reporting similarly, adding that a deadline is looming for Marussia to make overdue payments to engine supplier Ferrari.

And Italian reports suggest that Ferrari has already ceased to supply technical and installation information about the customer engine for 2015.

Writing in Switzerland's Blick, veteran journalist Roger Benoit agreed that the situation at Caterham and Marussia could mean only 18 cars line up on the Austin grid.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Max Chilton , Jules Bianchi , Michael Schmidt
Teams Ferrari Shop Now
Author GMM