Ecclestone: Marussia return possible, but Caterham unlikely

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Bernie Ecclestone is confident that Marussia can be saved after meeting with its new investor, but says there is little hope of Caterham returning to the grid in 2015.

Marussia bosses cancelled a planned auction of the team’s final assets earlier this week, as they close on a rescue deal with a new investor.

The team collapsed into administration in October of last year, missing the final three races of the 2014 season, but Ecclestone is confident it can return to the grid next year after talks with the new investor.

“I had a meeting with someone that said they want to, and think they can buy Marussia, so that would be good,” Ecclestone told Sky Sports.

However, he is not holding out hope for the Caterham team, which also entered administration last year.

“Caterham, I don’t think there is much chance of saving them, but Marussia there is a chance,” he added.

“Maybe within 10 days I think we will be able to say whether it is going to happen or not.”

Ecclestone says if Marussia can be saved then the new buyers must move the team forward.

“We don’t want someone who is just going to limp on, that is just want we don’t want,” he explained. “We went through this whole saga at the end of last year and we don’t want to go through it again.”

The F1 supremo also denied reports that Gene Haas’ F1 effort is behind the bid to buy Marussia, ahead of its planned entry in 2016.

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Marussia F1 Team

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