(© Ben Johnston 2015)
The Manor Formula One Team have announced that they will race in the season opening Australian Grand Prix which takes place in just under two weeks’ time.
The team have overcome the final hurdles to race this season however their modified 2014 car still has to pass the mandatory FIA crash tests before they are allowed to race in Melbourne. Sporting Director Graeme Lowdon stated that the last few months have been busy and uncertain however the car will undergo final crash tests this week before being shipped to Melbourne.
It was announced last week that the team have been rescued by Northern Ireland’s Stephen Fitzpatrick who has invested his personnel finance into the team. Former Sainsbury’s boss Justin King is also involved in the rescue deal.
The team also announced last week that they have signed Will Stevens as one of their drivers for this season and they also have an engine supply deal in place with Ferrari.
The team had looked for permission to run their 2014 car but the FIA stated that any car had to comply with the 2015 technical regulations.
© Ben Johnston 2015