Manor signs Stevens, plans to race in Australia

The Manor Marussia Formula One team, formerly Marussia, is pushing ahead with its plans to race in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Manor signs Stevens, plans to race in Australia
2015 Marussia F1 model
Marussia cars and equipment up for auction
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Marussia transporter up for auction
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Will Stevens, Caterham F1 Team
Will Stevens, Marussia F1 Team Reserve Driver
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The team announced last week that it was exiting administration, taking another step towards a return to racing with its 2014 cars.

Ferrari confirmed last week it had agreed to supply the team with its 2014 power units.

On Wednesday, Manor said the cars with which it plans to compete in Melbourne are in advanced "state of build".

Preparing for a comeback

"The approval by the Company's creditors on 19 February 2015 to a Company Voluntary Arrangement paves the way for the team to exit from administration and since that time everyone involved with Manor has been working flat out on the key components of its 2015 challenge," said Manor in a statement.

"The car with which Manor will begin the season is now in an advanced stage of build at the team's current race preparation facility in Dinnington, UK, where personnel are working 24-7 towards the air freight dispatch date of 6 March.

My thanks to the team for their confidence in me and I can't wait to see all the hard work rewarded when we line up on the grid in two weeks

Will Stevens

"As the sport counts down to the curtain-raising 2015 Australian Grand Prix in 18 days' time, Manor is now in a position to be able to provide regular updates on its preparations for Melbourne and wider plans for the season, including the completion of its driver line-up."

Stevens to pilot one of the cars

The Dinnington-based squad has announced Will Stevens as one of its race drivers.

Stevens, who was a reserve driver for Marussia, made his Formula One debut with Caterham at the end of last year.

"It's very exciting to see everything coming together at Manor after the tremendous effort that has gone into saving the team," said Stevens.

"It would not have been possible without the incredible support we have received from all the suppliers and from within the sport, but most of all the fantastic team of people at Manor who are working around the clock to ensure we are ready for Melbourne.

"My thanks to the team for their confidence in me and I can't wait to see all the hard work rewarded when we line up on the grid in two weeks' time." 

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