Beam_erYou think Marussia had money to pay a sponsor? Hahaha they need sponsorship money to survive, no sponsor would ever get paid to put their logo on a car. The team may pay the driver sponsored by a company who in turn gives the team much more money. Marrussia is no longer unfortunately but might make it back as Manor
1 It was sarcasm, learn it.
2 They are back as Manor, they just didn't race in Melbourne as they are still modifying a 2014 car and since they didn't set a lap in testing or qualifying they had no way to prove they would have been within the 107% rule for lap times.
3 Most of the grid are pay drivers, the smaller teams don't have any salaried drivers as they drivers are paid by their direct sponsors or funded buy their parents / backers. From memory over half the grid in F1 will not be paid a salary by their teams, it could be more. Certainly Mclaren, Ferrari, Williams, Red Bull, and Mercedes are the only teams who's drivers are fully salaried by the team. The likes of Force India and Lotus are split in that the one driver will be there simply as he is providing a sponsor who pays for the title of the team say $40 million or so.
4 The nose cone sponsorship APO had with Marrusia was likely linked to their backing of Jack Clarke, and the nose cone area on the lower rent teams will only set a sponsor back around $5-10k per race. Which is basically free in F1 Terms. (one of the business I advise looked at some backing of Caterham last year so I know the rates pretty well.)
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