Manor car passes FIA crash tests in time for Australia
The Manor Marussia F1 team has hurdled the final major obstacle ahead of its return to the grid this year after its car passed the necessary crash tests to allow it to take part.
The team announced on Wednesday that it would make next week's Australian Grand Prix after coming back from the brink if extinction over the winter. Fresh investment from the founder of Ovo Energy, Stephen Fitzpatrick, enabled the team to come out of administration and its cars are now due to fly to Australia on Friday.
Our big news of today is that we have now passed the FIA crash tests. Well done team! That's it - we're all set for Melbourne! #F1— Manor F1 Team (@ManorF1Team) March 5, 2015
Manor will bring an adapted 2014 car to Australia with a supply of 2014-spec Ferrari engines before a fully-developed 2015 car emerges later in the season. There is still no news on the identity of Will Stevens team-mate, although the team said it is in talks with more than one candidate.