Manor Marussia passes FIA crash tests

The Manor Marussia team looks set to compete in the Australian Grand Prix after passing all the mandatory crash tests.

The team had confirmed its intention to be on the grid in Melbourne with its 2014 cars powered by Ferrari engines, but its chassis was yet to pass the FIA crash tests.

On Thursday the team confirmed it is now set to fly to Australia.

"Our big news of today is that we have now passed the FIA crash tests," said the team on Twitter.

"Well done team! That's it - we're all set for Melbourne!

"It's a new car with a very high degree of carry over," said team president Graeme Lowdon. "Including the '14 chassis, but fully modified with all of the safety upgrades for 2015.

"The bulk of those safety upgrades on the chassis are actually to do with the Zylon panels that are bonded on the side. They are bonded on any chassis, whether they are new or old – it's an attachment if you like, that's added on.

"The overall car has to meet the 2015 regulations, so that certainly requires a new nose, new impact tests on the nose. Not the whole car, but an awful lot of the other parts are carried over.

"So it's heavily based on the '14 car, but it's a fully '15 legal car."

Manor is yet to confirm who will drive alongside Will Stevens this year.


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Series Formula 1
Drivers Will Stevens
Teams Manor Racing
Article type Breaking news