Manor passes final crash tests ahead of Australian GP

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Manor Marussia F1 Team has passed the final FIA crash tests ahead of the 2015 Formula 1 season, clearing the last hurdle to take part in next weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

The ex-Marussia operation has enjoyed a remarkable comeback and revival over the winter, which will culminate in its return to racing in Melbourne on March 15.

With a number of its assets being sold off after the company fell into administration, the team is now operating out of a downsized facility, but has managed to produce a car that complies with the 2015 regulations thanks to fresh investment.

Via its official Twitter account, Manor confirmed today that it has passed all of the FIA crash tests with its car for the 2015 season, meaning that it can make the grid for the first race of the season in 10 days’ time.

The team is set to run a 2014-spec car with modifications to bring it inline with the new technical regulations initially this year. A 2015 model will then be introduced at a later point in the season.

Manor has confirmed that British driver Will Stevens will take one of the seats in 2015, with the second still being deliberated by the management at Dinnington.

Stevens completed his seat fitting in the new car on Thursday, with the freight for the Australian Grand Prix flying out of the UK on Friday.

The 2015 F1 season kicks off in Australia on March 15.