Manor Racing boss Stephen Fitzpatrick has said that owning and running the team has been a wake up call, as he prepares to sell the team after two years in the sport.
The British energy businessman brought the Manor team back from the dead, just as the assets were being split up at auction. Running the team on a shoestring in 2015, brought a new engine partner in the form of Mercedes for 2016, along with their junior driver Pascal Wehrlein, and a return to a points paying position.
Rumours of a sale of the team have been circulating for over a year, firstly with American businessman Tavo Hellmund, first suggested to be interested last year. With the team failing to secure tenth place in the Constructors Championship has meant that that deal has gone cold, with former director Graeme Lowdon and Ron Dennis also said to be in the frame.
Talking to crash.net, Fitzpatrick said “It’s been a fascinating two years.
“I can recommend it to anyone. It has been exhilarating, races like Bahrain this year, obviously Austria and then Brazil. So lots of ups and downs. But also humbling I would say.
“Coming into this sport as a beginner let’s say, but as a lifelong fan, but new to the inside of the sport, you don’t quite appreciate just how many things you need to get right to bring two cars home at the end of a race and I’ve learned a lot about just how difficult it is to build a car, to race the car, to put the team together.
“So I would say I’m full of respect for the people around me in the sport, the other teams, the other team principals. It’s been a huge challenge.”
Manor is currently the only team on the grid without a confirmed driver for next season, although a number have been connected to the seats. Esteban Gutierrez, Felipe Nasr, Pascal Wehrlein, Rio Haryanto and Jordan King have all been named as possibilities.
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