Manor will not race in Australia

The Manor Formula One team will not compete in the Australian Grand Prix after failing to run in qualifying.

Although Manor made it in time for the season-opening event, its cars never took to the track as the team worked on, among other things, updating the software needed to control the complicated electronics.

Neither Roberto Merhi or teammate Will Stevens completed any running, and the team will not attempt to get dispensation to race tomorrow in case it could get the cars ready.

Team boss Graham Lowdon had said on Friday Manor will now push to be ready for the Malaysian Grand Prix in two weeks' time.

"The cars and the systems are incredibly complicated and what's been achieved in an incredibly short space of time – the company only came out of administration two weeks ago – has really been tremendous," he said.

"We're racers and we want to race. That's what we want to do. There's nothing that we're doing that would possibly slow the process down.

"We want to be on the track as quick as we possibly can. As far as taking time to do a test or something like that, that would have been great but it was just impossible in the time that was available.

"We'll keep pushing as hard as we can, together with all of our partners and I'm pretty sure we'll be there sooner or later and then we can just move forward."

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Series Formula 1
Event Australian GP
Sub-event Saturday qualifying
Track Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Drivers Will Stevens , Roberto Merhi
Teams Manor Racing
Article type Breaking news