AMR today confirmed that Felix Beyer, who has driven for the team since it's inaugural race, will be leaving the team from the Canadian vPrix onwards, while development of next season's AMR power unit appears to be in jeopardy.
"He's an absolute stand-out driver by all standards, and he really deserves better than what we're able to provide", stated team owner Adrian Arnello on behalf of the team. "He wants success and we understand that. We simply cannot provide it for him at this stage."
Beyer, who came under the ire of several teams and personnel following a dramatic crash in the Malaysian vPrix, was not one to doubt his ability and skill.
"We all make these sorts of mistakes eventually", said Arnello in defence. "There was next to no vision once the rain started hammering down. It hurt his pride and I feel his racecraft as well. He's not comfortable in the car and it's downplaying what he can do. He needs a team that can deliver that now."
Statements from Beyer's PR, however, hinted that the move was more than discomfort with the car. When asked about the incoming AMR power unit for the 2019 season, there were more questions than could be answered. According to inside sources, development of the AMR-APUXX19 has ceased entirely, and the team are liquidating manufacturing assets once dedicated to creating and maintaining the new engine system.
"We're no longer in the position to do what we want with the engine, that's all I'll say," said Jan Milner. "It's there to be used but whether we can end up using it is another tale."
With the Formula V season in North America, home to several different plants and manufacturers, there are rumours abound that AMR will look elsewhere for it's 2019 power unit, rather than utilise the current system. Time, however, is beginning to run short for the Australian/German outfit, who aren't experiencing their first financial woes. Should an engine change be announced, the team has just months to modify it's next chassis to fit the unit.