Marussia Withdrawal Means 18-Car Grid for United States Grand Prix

It's not the first time a race in the United States started with a small grid. At the 2005 U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis, a dispute over safety resulted in only six cars taking part in the race.

updated: October 27, 2014 22:00 IST
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The 2005 Monaco Grand Prix was the last normal race to feature only 18 cars.

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London: The Marussia team's move into bankruptcy protection on Monday, four days after Formula One rival Caterham did the same, leaves only 18 cars on the grid for Sunday's United States Grand Prix, the smallest in nearly a decade.

FRP Advisory, a London-based firm specializing in corporate restructuring, recovery and insolvency, has taken on the role of administrator and said Russian billionaire shareholder Andrei Cheglakov has been unable to provide the required funding to keep Marussia going.

"The company will continue to operate while the joint administrators assess the longer-term viability," FRP Advisory administrator Geoff Rowley said in a statement.

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