Manor to miss next week’s F1 test in Barcelona

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MONTMELO – Manor Marussia F1 Team has confirmed that it will not be taking any part in next week’s Formula 1 test in Barcelona.

The majority of the F1 paddock is set to remain at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya until the middle of next week following today’s Spanish Grand Prix to complete some running at the first in-season test of the season.

However, a spokesperson for Manor confirmed to MotorSportsTalk on Sunday that the team would not be taking any part in the test, and instead will return back to the UK at the end of the race weekend.

Manor (then known as Marussia) came close to collapsing at the end of 2014, missing the final three races of the season and having many of its assets auctioned off. Its old factory in Banbury was bought by NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas, who plans to run his F1 operation out of there from 2016.

However, the operation was saved thanks to fresh investment, allowing it to race in 2015 and keep the grid at 20 cars.

In the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi once again propped up the order, finishing 17th and 18th respectively.

“Both drivers did a good job and we are obviously very pleased with the reliability of the cars,” team principal John Booth said. “Clearly there is some work to do, but our development programme is still in its infancy, so race finishes are key for providing the information we need.

“The next race should be a bit better and of course it is a very special venue for us, as the track where Jules [Bianchi] achieved our first two constructors’ championship points one year ago.”