The MR03 was designed by John McQuilliam (Chief Designer) and Richard Taylor (Head of Aerodynamics). The car powered by Ferrari V6 turbo was driven by Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton, both of whom were in the team for a second consecutive season. New car performed much better relative to previous two years of the Anglo-Russian Formula One racing team. Jules Bianchi score his (and his team’s) first World Championship points by finishing ninth at the Monaco Grand Prix. These 2 points puts Marussia to the 9th place in the final constructor’s standings ahead of Sauber and Caterham. At the Japanese Grand Prix Bianchi’s car spun off on lap 43, colliding with a marshal’s crane tractor that was attending to Adrian Sutil’s Sauber car, which had also spun and crashed at the Dunlop curve (Turn 7) on the previous lap. Bianchi suffered a severe brain injury in the crash, and eventually succumbed to his injuries in July 2015. For the next race, inaugural Russian Grand Prix, the team decided to only race with Chilton, but Bianchi’s accident was actually the end of the team. Russian businessman and de-facto team owner Andrey Cheglakov decided to quit is financial support of the team. In 2015 the team was operated by Manor Motorsport and revised MR03 raced as Manor Marussia MR03B.
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