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2014-11-20 08:26

NO FINALE FOR MARUSSIA: Marussia's Max Chilton tweeted his disappointment that the team did not make it to Abu Dhabi for the finale Grand Prix on Sunday, November 23. Image: Max Chilton - Twitter

ALAN BALDWIN

ABU DHABI, UAE - The Marussia Formula 1 team, which has ceased trading and made all their staff redundant, has failed in a late bid to get back on the road for Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

British driver Max Chilton told followers on Twitter on Wednesday (Nov 19): "Devastated for everyone involved at Marussia in the past 24 hours that the hard work trying to get to Abu Dhabi didn't work out as we hoped."

Sources involved told Reuters there had been increasingly serious talks, culminating in negotiations through the night, to try to rescue the team but ultimately no agreement could be reached.

EFFORTS IN VAIN

Hopes of a revival had picked up speed after reports of Ferrari personnel, assigned to work on the engines they supply, wearing Marussia shirts in the Yas Marina paddock on Wednesday.

A source close to the team said staff had been on standby to fly to Abu Dhabi but all the efforts ultimately came to nothing.

News of the failure came on the day that the family of Marussia's critically-injured French driver Jules Bianchi said he had been transferred, still unconscious, to a hospital in France after almost seven weeks in intensive care in Japan.

There will be 10 teams on track in Abu Dhabi after rivals Caterham, which is also in administration and has made 200 staff redundant, raised enough to get them there through a crowdfunding initiative.

F1's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone told the BBC that he had helped Caterham: "They wanted to go, so we've transported them at no cost to the. We've at least helped them to some degree, something we need not have done. We've even chartered another plane to take them.

"We've gone a little bit over the top, but anyway, we've done it."

Caterham, which has confirmed only that Japan's Kamui Kobayashi will be driving for them, is hoping they can secure a buyer and continue in the sport.

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