Manor in race against time to start F1 season in Melbourne

Team boss John Booth declares 'I'm confident we will get there' – despite many obstacles to clear before the season opener in Australia.

Having fought to secure new investment and convince its creditors to exit administration, the team has secured a place on the 2015 entry list against all odds, and signed young Briton Will Stevens.

Having initially sought to field its 2014 car this year, the team – now called Manor Marussia – has been told by the FIA that it will only be allowed to race in Australia if in "full compliance with the 2015 technical regulations".

Manor is now mainly based at Booth's original Formula Three facility in Dinnington, against the ticking clock of crash tests booked in for March 5, and the air freight deadline for Melbourne looming just one day later.

"We are very close to getting to Melbourne, everyone's working round the clock to make it," he told the Yorkshire Post.

"The cars are coming together well and we are working out of several centres, so I'm confident we will get there.

"We are back at Dinnington and we're also using a base at Silverstone," Booth revealed. "The aim is to get everything ready by the end of next week."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers John Booth , Will Stevens
Article type Breaking news
Tags f1 cost crisis, manor, marussia