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GP Week : Issue 220
F1 >>> news Just who will drive for Manor at the Monaco Grand Prix was a topic of much discussion in spain with Roberto Merhi's future in particular cast in doubt. Having been comprehensively out-paced by teammate Will Stevens in the squad's first four races (having sat the Australian Grand Prix out), there are question marks over how the 24-year-old will manage the schedule in Monte Carlo. Alongside his role at Manor, Merhi is also competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, which is one of the three supporting categories in Monaco and is typically on track immediately before Formula One. With sponsor and media commitments, and the need for debriefs with both the Pons Racing team in Formula Renault and Manor in Formula One, it's difficult to see how the Spaniard can juggle both. Merhi's position at Manor is understood to be on a race-by-race basis, meaning the team could replace him at any point if it so desired. "I have no idea of the future beyond the Spanish Grand Prix," confessed Merhi to the Spanish media in the lead up to the weekend. "So far I was the race driver, let's see what happens next." Merhi has openly stated his priority remains Formula One, but that if possible he'd like to continue competing in the Formula Renault series too. The two championships clash again later in the season; when Formula One reaches Monza for the Italian Grand Prix the Formula Renault series is in Silverstone. Manor meanwhile has admitted it will not be taking part in the post- Spanish Grand Prix test, set to kick off this week, claiming the money needed to take part could be better spent elsewhere. Running a slightly updated 2014 car there is little for the team to learn. Having had a late start to the season the team's focus is currently on the 2015 design, which it hopes to debut after the summer break. merhi-go-round F1 >>> news 13 GPWEEK.com // 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news C M Y CM MY CY CMY K GP Week April FA Path HR.pdf 1 25/2/15 15:52