Fernley defends ‘no’ vote


Force India's deputy team principal Bob Fernley has revealed he voted no to Marussia running a 2014 car as their application "lacked substance."

On Thursday, Formula 1's Strategy Group met with Marussia's fate just one of the topics discussed.

The beleaguered outfit was seeking exemption to race a 2014 chassis this season which would pave the way for a buyer thus securing the team's future.

However the Strategy Group – which needed to unanimously give the proposal the go-ahead – voted no.

Defending his decision, Force India's Fernley says there were both "compliance issues" and that the application was "speculative."

He said: "The Strategy Group was faced with an application for Marussia's 2014 cars to compete in the 2015 championship. During the meeting it emerged that there were compliance issues and that the application lacked substance.

"Equally, the speculative application submitted contained no supporting documentation to reinforce the case for offering special dispensation. For example, no details were supplied of who the new owners would be or the operational structures that would be put in place.

"Given the lack of information, uncertain guarantees, and the speculative nature of the application, the decision was taken that it is better to focus on ensuring the continued participation of the remaining independent teams."