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Manor has got its Malaysian Grand Prix weekend off to a more promising start after firing up its car in the garage on Thursday.

The team travelled to the season-opening Australian Grand Prix but failed to turn a wheel after struggling with numerous software issues and failing to get its Ferrari power unit up and running. However, ahead of the first day of practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, the Manor, which is largely based on last year's Marussia, was fired up for the first time.

Manor race driver Will Stevens is hoping the team will get both cars out on track on Friday.

"That's the plan certainly," he said. "Clearly we're in a much better position than we were in Melbourne so that's the plan heading in to the weekend, but we'll take each session as it comes over the weekend.

"The main thing for the weekend is we just want to take it one step at a time and work our way through the weekend. Like I said, we're in a much better position than we were in Melbourne, so the main aim is to obviously stick to the run plan and get out and see where we're at. In terms of expectations we aren't setting ourselves any, so we'll take it easy at the start and then see where we end up."

Stevens said there is no doubt the team is in better shape this weekend.

"We knew heading into Melbourne we were going to take it one step at a time, and everyone here did the best they could to get us out on track. That has continued throughout the last two weeks, and things move quickly in Formula One, which is why we've arrived here in a lot better position than two weeks ago.

"Clearly Melbourne was a disappointing weekend, not only for me but for the team as well, but now we're back and raring to get going."

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