New Delhi: Embattled Formula One team Marussia's bid to return to paddock hit an unlikely stumble after their request to use last year's car was objected by Sahara Force India on Thursday, according to reports.
After enduring a bad season, the British livery is set to emerge from administration on 19 February. But, this new development will likely to have far reaching repercussions in their efforts for revival.
Reports suggest that Marussia hope to compete again under a new name after ceasing trading in October last year. They have also missed the final three races of the 2014 season.
Marussia's request to use an old car requires unanimous agreement from other teams as it amounts to rule changes. With the 2015 season's first race starting in March 15 in Australia, Marussia may not have enough time to build a new car.
In between, Marrussia's return would mean other teams losing a share of the British team's prize money of GBP 40m for finishing ninth last season.