Manor Marussia just announced that, they are passed FIA mandatory crash tests with interim 2015 car.
The back-runners will race with a modified version of its 2014 car, customized with 2015 technical regulations, to start the season. Recently the team also confirmed that full version 2015 car will introduce after the first-half of the season.
Our big news of today is that we have now passed the FIA crash tests. Well done team! That's it – we're all set for Melbourne! #F1
— Manor F1 Team (@ManorF1Team) March 5, 2015
$92 million budget in 2015
Set to race as ‘Manor Marussia’, the backmarker almost collapsed but will return with a $92 million budget in 2015, it emerged on Wednesday.
At a launch event in London, the team confirmed it has won its race to make it to Melbourne thanks to the personal investment of Stephen Fitzpatrick, who heads the British electricity company Ovo Energy.
British newspapers say he is putting in about $45 million, with the rest of the budget coming from 2014 prize-money that is expected to arrive later this month.
Fitzpatrick told reporters he invited Justin King to buy half the team, but the former Sainsbury’s boss has instead been appointed interim chairman and advisor.
“We are not expecting to win any races,” joked 37-year-old Fitzpatrick, “at least not until halfway through the season.”
Manor has scrambled to modify Marussia’s 2014 car to comply with this year’s rules, but the team said a fully 2015 car will be debuted “later in the season”.
Fitzpatrick said the situation at Manor had appeared initially “hopeless”.
“It has been a challenging period for all of us but we’ve come through it and now we just want to go racing again,” continuing team president Graeme Lowdon said.
Will Stevens’ teammate will be appointed “soon”, Manor Marussia confirmed.