No Marussia in Austin

The grid may shrink from its usual 22 to just 18 cars in Austin.

No Marussia in Austin
Max Chilton, Marussia F1 Team MR03
Max Chilton, Marussia F1 Team MR03
The Marussia F1 Team MR03 of Jules Bianchi, carries messages of support, with the hashtags #ForzaJules and #JB17
Jules Bianchi, Marussia F1 Team
Max Chilton, Marussia F1 Team MR03
Max Chilton, Marussia F1 Team MR03
Max Chilton, Marussia F1 Team MR03
Marcus Ericsson, Caterham CT05 spins off and is passed by Jules Bianchi, Marussia F1 Team MR03

Oct.25 (GMM) Marussia will join fellow F1 straggler Caterham in not racing in Austin next weekend, Bernie Ecclestone has announced.

The news follows the sport's chief executive giving Caterham special dispensation to miss the US-Brazil double header as it enters administration.

Neither of those two teams are going to go to America.

Bernie Ecclestone

But we had reported on Friday that the grid may in fact shrink from its usual 22 to just 18 cars in Austin, because Marussia - grief-stricken after the Jules Bianchi crash - was struggling to find a necessary cash injection to ship its cars and equipment from the UK for the trek to America.

No third car per team yet

"This is happening while the owner Andrey Cheglakov wants to sell," Auto Motor und Sport's Michael Schmidt had claimed.

Referring on Saturday not only to Caterham but also Marussia, Ecclestone was quoted by the BBC: "Neither of those two teams are going to go to America."

With the grid dipping below 20 cars, the very real prospect of top teams having to field three-car teams has now emerged.

But reports indicate that with teams needing 60 days notice for the triggering of the third car provision, the FIA has ruled out the measure being introduced in the very short term.

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