Manor targets Melbourne appearance; announces Will Stevens as first driver


Following the company’s leaving administration last week, the Manor Marussia F1 Team has confirmed it is planning to race in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Further to that point, Manor has announced Will Stevens as its first race driver. The Englishman punched above his weight in, ironically, Caterham’s one-off return in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix season finale in November.

Manor didn’t reveal much in the way of details about its car it will utilize, but did say it was in an “advanced build.”

From the team release: “The approval by the Company’s creditors on 19 February 2015 to a Company Voluntary Arrangement paves the way for the team to exit from administration and since that time everyone involved with Manor has been working flat out on the key components of its 2015 challenge.

“The car with which Manor will begin the season is now in an advanced stage of build at the team’s current race preparation facility in Dinnington, UK, where personnel are working 24-7 towards the air freight despatch date of 6 March.”

Stevens, for his part, is optimistic about the opportunity.

“It’s very exciting to see everything coming together at Manor after the tremendous effort that has gone into saving the team,” he said.

“It would not have been possible without the incredible support we have received from all the suppliers and from within the sport, but most of all the fantastic team of people at Manor who are working around the clock to ensure we are ready for Melbourne. My thanks to the team for their confidence in me and I can’t wait to see all the hard work rewarded when we line up on the grid in two weeks’ time.”