Manor still hopeful of F1 return after FIA give entry list leeway

The Manor F1 Team, seeking to return to Formula 1 from the ashes of the Marussia F1 Team, have been given a boost after the FIA said they will delay the official entry list for as long as possible to enable the team to get a 2015 specification car ready.

Although hopes of arriving in Melbourne for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix with their new car are remote, the team are hoping to develop their car in time for one of the early flyaway races, with round four in Bahrain being the last date for its arrival to allow it to be able to secure its share of the commercial rights.

The team suffered a set-back last week when Sahara Force India voted against their request to run their 2014 specification car in a modified state, citing that their application to race ‘lacked substance’, but Manor have not given up on being on the grid this season.

The team have already paid their entry fee for 2015, and have been in discussion with the FIA about how to proceed next, and the sports governing body have held back on releasing the final official entry list until they know whether Manor will indeed make it onto the grid.

The team are due to come out of administration next week, and the FIA are seeking confirmation that the team will have the technical and financial infrastructure needed to compete for the whole season.