Malaysia to make or break Manor

The FIA is going to be a lot less lenient this weekend in Malaysia after confirming basic efforts in Australia satisfied contractual obligations to the sport.

Manor has been told it must fire its engines this weekend in Malaysia.

In Australia, where the former Marussia team stayed in the pits all weekend, suspicions arose that Manor never even intended to exit the Albert Park pits.

"They couldn't have raced if someone had gone there with a machine gun and put it to their head," said a furious Bernie Ecclestone.

Like the FIA, F1's chief executive suspected Manor travelled to Australia merely to satisfy its contractual obligations and collect millions in 2014 prize money.

Ecclestone has hit back by saying the team will be billed for its travel freight from the UK.

Will they get credit for Australia?

And he has now told the Independent that Manor could be punished further.

Ecclestone also said that any they will be deducted funds for the races missed this season, according to correspondents Christian Sylt and Luke Smith.

The FIA investigated Manor in Australia and found that the team in fact made "all reasonable endeavours" to run the cars.

But the governing body will reportedly not be as understanding this weekend in Malaysia.

"If they (Manor) don't get out of the garage in Malaysia," the Telegraph newspaper reports, "the sport will come down on them hard."

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Series Formula 1
Event Malaysian GP
Sub-event Thursday
Track Sepang International Circuit
Drivers Bernie Ecclestone , Will Stevens
Teams Manor Racing
Article type Breaking news
Tags money, travel