Failed return cost Marussia

Date published: January 5 2015

Marussia’s attempts to return to the 2014 F1 grid were scuppered when a key investor withdrew at the last minute, leaving the beleaguered team with more debt.

Like fellow backmarker outfit Caterham, the financially-strapped Marussia team had hoped to return to the Formula 1 grid for the final race of the 2014 season in Abu Dhabi.

As team personnel made their way to the airport for the flight, they were called back when a key investor withdrew support at the very last minute.

Not only did this bring an end to Marussia’s hopes of remaining in Formula 1, but it also cost the team almost