August 18, 2022

MY GARAGE Denmark: Grand Prix Cars

The highlight of any visit to MY GARAGE is seeing the 2014 Caterham CT05 and the 2016 Manor MRT05. These two Formula 1 grand prix cars were the final for their respective manufacturers. Despite not achieving much in way of race results, they remain impressive pieces of engineering.

The 2014 model was the last grand prix car built by Caterham F1 Team (formerly known as Lotus F1 Team). Piloted by 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Kamui Kobayashi and 2022 Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson, who made his Formula 1 debut in this car. Also, Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer made his one and only grand prix start at the Belgian Grand Prix in the Caterham. The CT05 was universally criticized for its ugly nose, but sported a beautiful British racing green livery.

Manor Racing MRT (formerly Marussia F1, formerly Virgin Racing) entered their final Formula 1 season in 2016 with drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Ryo Haryanto (later replaced by future winner of the 2021 Hungarian GP, Esteban Ocon). Wehrlein achieved a 10th place finish at the Austrian GP, becoming the second driver to score points for the Manor Racing team after the late Jules Bianchi.

The Mercedes-powered MRT05 grand prix car was perhaps the most competitive produced by Manor, with Wehrlein beating drivers from Sauber and Haas in the championship. Unfortunately, the outfit folded after finishing last in the championship for the third time in their 7 years in Formula 1.

Though neither car achieved great things in Formula 1, they served as underdogs worth cheering for, giving great drivers a chance to prove themselves on the Formula One grid. MY GARAGE has made sure they’re displayed and preserved, keeping a less-memorable part of Formula 1 history alive.

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