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Mercedes-AMG F1 Loses Lotus But Wins Manor as Engine Customer for 2016

In what is heralded as a multi-year supply agreement, Mercedes-Benz will provide the Manor Marussia F1 team with hybrid engines from the 2016 season onward. The official news comes after the earlier announcement that Lotus F1 Team will get bought by Renault, who have agreed to return to Formula 1 as a team owner, not just an engine-supplier.
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With Lotus obviously switching from Mercedes-Benz to Renault power units, it freed up a seat in the engine supply roster for the German carmaker, which will now be filled by the Manor Marrusia F1 team. According to the agreement, Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) will supply Manor with current-year power units for the entire duration of the contract, but the exact number of seasons involved in the deal hasn't been specified.

I am delighted to announce our new Power Unit partnership with Mercedes-Benz for the 2016 season and beyond. Although there were many factors governing our selection of an engine partner to help power us towards our long-term ambitions, ultimately the strength of the Mercedes-Benz package speaks for itself,” said John Booth, Team Principal, Manor Marussia F1 Team.

2015 has been a rebuilding year in every aspect of our operation. Although we have not been able to make the incremental strides in competitiveness that the team has enjoyed in previous seasons, we have put in place a strong foundation from which to progress. Together with the potential we are seeing with our 2016 car in the wind tunnel, the Mercedes-Benz Power Unit will assist our return to aggressive performance development with effect from next season,” Booth continued.

Since Mercedes-Benz has already refused to supply the two Red Bull teams with power units for the upcoming seasons and the new Manor deal now in place, it seems that it's finally clear for Ferrari to jump in and sell its engines to Red Bull.
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