Manor escapes penalty after FIA review

Formula One's ruling, the FIA, has decided no action was needed after reviewing the Manor team's efforts to compete in the Australian Grand Prix.

Manor escapes penalty after FIA review
Roberto Merhi, Manor F1 Team
A note for Manor F1 Team
Will Stevens, Manor Marussia F1 Team
Roberto Merhi, Manor Marussia F1 Team
Roberto Merhi, Manor Marussia F1 Team
John Booth, Manor Marussia F1 Team Team Principal

The team traveled to Melbourne, but was unable to take to the track as it ran out of time to prepare its cars for any of the session.

Therefore it could not take part in the race.

After qualifying, however, the FIA summoned the team to explain why it had not run, leading to suggestions that Manor may have been facing a penalty for breaching the rules.

However, the stewards deemed Manor had done all it could to try to take to the track and decided no action was needed.

"Having considered all available material, the Stewards determined that there had not been a breach of Article 13.2 (f)," said the stewards.

Full statement from the stewards:

The stewards convened to determine whether there had been a breach of Article 13.2 (f) of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations relating to participation in the event by the Manor Marussia F1 Team.

The Stewards received a written explanation from the team and were provided with further information by team representatives.

In addition the stewards received information from the FIA Technical Delegate.

Having considered all available material, the Stewards determined that there had not been a breach of Article 13.2 (f), on the basis that the team had:

1. Attended the event

2. Brought a significant quantity of material and equipment with it

3. Produced all required documents for checking

4. Taken part in Scrutineering and its 2 cars were eligible to compete

5. Brought sufficient staff to prepare the cars for competition

6. Continued to work and do all within its ability to enable the 2 cars to compete

7. Prepared the cars to a state where they were mechanically complete

8. Would not have been able to achieve a software configuration that allowed the 2 cars to the be operated in Practice or Qualifying sessions, even if they had worked outside curfew requirements

Therefore the Stewards accepted that the team explained it had used all reasonable endeavours to ensure that its cars were able to compete in active competition, therefore the Stewards take no further action during the event.

shares
comments
McLaren treated race as a test session
Previous article

McLaren treated race as a test session

Next article

Hamilton leads dominant Mercedes 1-2

Hamilton leads dominant Mercedes 1-2
Load comments
The lessons F1 can take from the Masi "souk" deal criticisms Prime

The lessons F1 can take from the Masi "souk" deal criticisms

As Formula 1 heads to its Abu Dhabi season finale, the FIA and race director Michael Masi are under increased scrutiny, with radio messages broadcast during last weekend's race prompting discussion and controversy. But what can they learn from the Saudi Arabia debacle?

The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race Prime

The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race

OPINION: Max Verstappen has made the 2021 Formula 1 championship. He’s taken the fight to the all-conquering Mercedes squad and its dominant champion, produced driving displays few can match. But he’s been on a controversial course too, and finally crossed a particular line in Jeddah

Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer Prime

Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer

OPINION: Saudi Arabia's new F1 circuit delivered a memorable first event, although not necessarily for all the right reasons. In the wake of the chaotic race, drivers voiced their concerns about the track but small changes could make significant improvements ahead of a return in four months.

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain Prime

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain

From ranking as one of the most impressive new teams to join the Formula 1 grid, Haas’s stock has plummeted along with its on-track performances over the past two seasons. Everything now hangs on whether its reforged alliance with Ferrari can deliver a better car – and whether its rookie drivers can set aside their quarrels. Oleg Karpov asks if any of these goals are achievable…

Formula 1
Dec 8, 2021
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Prime

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

An ill-tempered Saudi Grand Prix made Formula 1 more soap opera than sporting spectacle at times, but there were some strong performances up and down the field on the world championship's first visit to Jeddah

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series Prime

How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series

The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a race packed full of incident as Formula 1 2021's title contenders repeatedly clashed on track. Lewis Hamilton won out over Max Verstappen to level the scores heading into next weekend's Abu Dhabi finale, as Jeddah turned F1 into a drama series

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance Prime

The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance

Dropped by Red Bull last season, Alexander Albon has fought back into a Formula 1 seat with Williams. ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains what Albon has done to earn the place soon to be vacated by the highly rated George Russell

Formula 1
Dec 5, 2021
The factors that could negate Red Bull's practice gap to Mercedes Prime

The factors that could negate Red Bull's practice gap to Mercedes

Mercedes led the way in practice for Formula 1’s first race in Jeddah, where Red Bull was off the pace on both single-lap and long runs. But, if Max Verstappen can reverse the results on Saturday, factors familiar in motorsport’s main electric single-seater category could be decisive in another close battle with Lewis Hamilton...

Formula 1
Dec 4, 2021