Manor "had no intention of racing" in Australia

The Manor Formula One team will have to pay all its freight costs to the Australian Grand Prix, according to Bernie Ecclestone.

Manor, saved thanks to a last-minute deal, did not take part in testing and traveled to Australia without any prior running.

The team failed to run all weekend, although the FIA deemed it had done all in its hands to do so and decided no penalty was needed.

Ecclestone, however, thinks Manor should not have been allowed to enter the event if it knew it wasn't going to run.

They had no intention of racing in Australia. Zero.

Bernie Ecclestone

"We should have never ever, ever allowed Manor to do what they've done. It's our fault. I predicted this would happen," Ecclestone told Reuters.

"They had no intention of racing in Australia. Zero.

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

"It was impossible. So they had no intention."

The Formula One supremo said Manor will now have to pay the freight rates of traveling to and from Australia for not having competed.

Usually, Formula One Management pays for the freight.

"They are not competing so they have to pay for that," he said.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Bernie Ecclestone
Teams Manor Racing
Article type Breaking news
Tags ecclestone