Manor’s new chassis passes final crash test

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Manor F1 Team hasn’t named its drivers yet for the 2016 Formula 1 season – the last team yet to officially confirm its plan – but it will have a chassis that’s good to go following its latest crash test.

The team confirmed Friday morning its new chassis, replacing the venerable MR03B, has passed the final FIA crash test and will be set for the first round of testing February 22-25 in Barcelona.

The MR03B was retired following November’s Pirelli tire test at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Alexander Rossi has been strongly linked to one of the seats and a handful of other names – Rio Haryanto, Superlicense points pending, and Will Stevens were also suggested earlier this winter.

The team also announced earlier this week Nikolas Tombazis, a past Ferrari and McLaren chief aerodynamicist, has joined the team. The team has a new Mercedes power unit and Williams gearbox for this season.